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“I will often pan with robots, it’s true. At the DLD conference, I met Arthur, a lifelike humanoid. Manufactured by Hanson Robotics, it has a multitude of micro-processors capable of moving his cheeks, his eyes, his nose, his lips, his eyebrows for expressions of most “natural” face possible, the all on command, via smartphone.”

The result is astonishing. Even my smartphone’s camera was lured and identified Arthur’s face like that of a real person when I photographed.

The mission of Arthur? Help elderly people and children with autism every day. “For as machines become our companions in life, it is necessary that one has the impression that they can understand us,” explains David Hanson and Jong Lee of Hanson Robotics.

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