NY Times — This Man Is Not a Cyborg. Yet.

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GET right up close to Dmitry Itskov and sniff all you like — you will not pick up even the faintest hint of crazy. He is soft-spoken and a bit shy, but expansive once he gets talking[...]

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Next month, leaders in the world of robotics, neuroscience, and artificial intelligence will converge on New York City for the second annual Global Future 2045 Congress, an event devoted entirely to the quest toward “neohumanism” – the next evolution of humankind. GF2045 is the brainchild of Russian billionaire Dmitry Itskov[...]

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A wide variety of technologies and methods make Hanson robots the world’s most lifelike. As Hanson integrates disciplines including mechanical engineering, material science, computer animation, and artificial intelligence, a new super-disciplines emerges, leading towards a gestalt of sentient personalities both as art and artificial organisms. The life in our robots springs from innovations including: Character Engine cognitive AI

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A university-led collaboration to develop social robots has publicly unveiled its work in progress: a robotic one-year-old boy. As reported by Gizmag, the android named Diego-san is larger than a typical one-year-old child at over four feet tall and has a head developed by Hanson Robotics with a body made by the Japanese robot manufacturer

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David Hanson is a robot designer and engineer who spent the past decade trying to create robots with character; ones that are able to empathize, understand speech and eventually begin to module how a person is actually feeling, so that relationships between humans and robots can be built. via The Year of the Robot

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A UCSD news release touts their new android child that is designed to mimic the expressions of a one year old human child as it learns to control its body and interact with humans. There have been a lot of creepy baby-headed robots lately but you may notice this one is a little less creepy

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A new, life-like robot is being used by researchers to gain insight into how a baby learns. Named Diego-san by its creators, the robot measures four feet, three inches tall, and has over 60 moving parts, including a pair of high-resolution cameras for eyes. via Robot Baby Learns How to Express Emotion (Video) : Tech :

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Meet “DIEGO-SAN”, developed by David Hanson (of Hanson Robotics) for the Machine Perception Lab at the University of California San Diego Institute for Neural Computation. With a face by David Hanson and Hanson Robotics, which mounts on a robotic body (not yet functional), this robotic baby boy was built with funding from the National Science Foundation and serves

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Outside of CES, another child-like gadget caught our attention – and we mean ‘child-like’ in the most literal sense. Researchers from the Machine Perception Lab in the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Institute for Neural Computation have been working on developing a sophisticated humanoid robot modelled after a one-year-old baby for about two years

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Diego-san, from UCSD’s Machine Perception Laboratory, comes achingly close to reaching the other side of the Uncanny Valley—so close that you just can’t look away. The child-size robot has an enlarged version of a 1-year-old boy’s face, and the body stands about four feet tall. via Diego-San, Spider Dress: The week’s best robot videos

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