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Sociable Robots on NOVA ScienceNOW

Posted 20 Nov 2006 at 02:56 UTC by steve Share This

The folks at NOVA sent us a DVD of their upcoming installment of NOVA ScienceNOW, a spin-off series aimed at a younger audience. The new installment, which airs at 8pm ET, 21 November on PBS stations, includes a segment on sociable robots. In it, Cynthia Breazeal of the MIT Media Lab talks about her goal of making robots that can interact with people socially. Viewers are introduced to Leonardo, a robot built by Cynthia and Stan Winston, the Hollywood creature effects guru. Together they've built a robot that can interact with humans by using familiar facial expressions and gestures. She also recounts how she became interested in robotics. Rodney Brooks makes a brief appearance as well to talk about his work with Cynthia on subsumption based robots such as Kismet.

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