Living Dolls

An interview with the author of

Sunday 16 June 2002
repeated the following Wednesday at 2.30pm
with Natasha Mitchell

Machines or toys that chew and swallow, that flinch, that play the flute? All have been recently developed in robotic laboratories worldwide. And in one sense there?s nothing new about them ? humanoid automata have captured the popular imagination for centuries. But are they really like us ? or are we like them? Gaby Wood is the author of ?Living Dolls: A Magical History of the Quest for Mechanical Life?.
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NEC crafts a robotic helpmeet from PC parts

By Yoshiko Hara
EE Times
March 23, 2001 (10:18 AM EST)

TOKYO ? Researchers at NEC Corp. are giving new form to relatively mature PC technologies in the person of Papero, a “partner personal robot” that follows in the footsteps of Honda’s Asimo and the pawprints of Sony’s Aibo. While Asimo mastered bipedal locomotion and Aibo approximates the companionship of a family pet without the attendant carpet stains, Papero’s creators are focusing on the human-machine interface, honing the experimental robot’s sensing, recognition and communications skills to position the 15-inch-tall mobile platform as a true personal assistant.
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