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The Fading Line Between Robots and Humans
Friday, November 11th, 2011

The International Robot Exhibition was held in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday. Humanoid robots wowed crowds. While the development of life-like robots is still in its infancy, some models have features remarkably similar to humans. Others have even taken on human characteristics. Take a look at some of these human imitators.

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A Science Museum employee plays a game of 'paper scissors stone' with BERTI the robot at The Science Museum's Antenna Gallery in London. Feb. 17, 2009. BERTI is a life size humanoid robot built to mimic human gestures.

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The HRP-4C humanoid robot performs during a demonstration at the Digital Content Expo 2009 in Tokyo. Oct. 22, 2009.

(Toru Hanai - Reuters)
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A dentist operates on a humanoid dental patient robot, named Hanako Showa, during a demonstration of dental treatment at Showa University in Tokyo, Japan. March 25, 2010. The robot was co-developed by the university and Tmsuk co. Ltd, and simulates real human patients. The robot has been used for training of procedures in which the dental treatment requires a high level of precision.

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Tokyo University of Science student Hikari Asano (R) and her look alike humanoid robot Pikarin which is wearing a muscle suit, expresses a sad face, at the Home care and Rehabilitation Exhibition in Tokyo. Oct. 3, 2007. University assistant professor Hiroshi Kobayashi developed the robot which can express emotions such as happiness, sadness, anger, fear, and surprise.

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A humanoid robot named "Saya" (R) is touched by school pupils as she takes on a role as a school teacher during a demonstration at an elementary school in Tokyo. May 7, 2009. The robot, developed by Tokyo University of Science professor Hiroshi Kobayashi, can speak different languages and make facial expressions.

(Issei Kato - Reuters)
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A 1.58m tall humanoid robot "HRP-4C" of Japan's Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) sings and dances with performers at the Digital Contents Expo in Tokyo on October 17, 2010.

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A woman watches a full-scale figure of a terminator robot 'Cameron Phillipes' at a preview of the Terminator Exhibition in Tokyo. March 18, 2009.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel jokes with "SpaceJustin", a humanoid space robot, at the International Aerospace Exhibition (ILA) at the Schoenefeld airport in Berlin. June 8, 2010.

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ASIMO, a humanoid robot developed by Honda dances on stage in Sydney. ASIMO, whose name stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, is the result of 21 years of research. Nov. 21, 2007.

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A robot named Kansei, makes a facial expression depicting "happiness", next to the word "Love" during a demonstration at a laboratory of Meiji University's Robot and Science Institute in Kawasaki. June 4, 2007. The robot is able to make up to 36 kinds of facial expressions.

(Yuriko Nakao - Reuters)
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Humanoid robots Wakamaru, produced by Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industry, take part with actress Minako Inoue (2nd L) with actor Hiroshi Ota (2nd R) in a drama production for the world's first robot and human experimental theater. Japan. Nov. 25, 2008.

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A man wears a brain-machine interface to measure slight electrical current. March 31, 2009. Honda and Japan's research laboratory announced the developed world's first technology that Honda's humanoid robot Asimo can move its hands and legs after receiving brain activity signals from a human.

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Honda Motor Co. Ltd's humanoid robot ASIMO is unveiled during a press conference in Tokyo, Japan. Dec. 13, 2005. With the new capabilities developed, ASIMO can walk with a person while holding hands, run at a speed of 6km per hour, carry objects, use a cart and run in a circular pattern.

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Combo picture shows a robot produced by the electrical engineering department of the National Taiwan University mimicking the facial expressions of a human at the Taipei International Robot Show/ October 19, 2010.

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A designer from Japan's robot maker Kokoro puts a hairpiece on a humanoid robot resembling prominent Japanese doctor and bacteriologist Hideyo Noguchi. March 2, 2009.

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Emirati officials check out a new humanoid robot, REEM-B, during an unveiling by creators Pal Technology at Reem Island in Abu Dhabi. June 11, 2008. The 1.47 metre tall robot is able to walk and navigate through complex buildings; it can manipulate heavy objects, accept voice commands and recognise faces.

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A model (R) pokes the face of a humanoid robot called "Geminoid-F" (L) shaped to resemble the model at a press conference in Osaka. April 3, 2010.

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The humanoid robot "Twendy-one", developed by Japan's Waseda University, picks up a piece of bread from a toaster during a demonstration at Waseda's laboratory in Tokyo. Nov. 27, 2007.

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Japan's national Kagawa University professor Hideyuki Sawada displays his talking and singing robot, which has motor-controlled organs such as vocal cords, a vocal tract and a nasal cavity to generate voices like human vocalization. Tokyo. July 13, 2011.

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A humanoid robot named "I-Fairy" (C) acts as a witness at the wedding ceremony between Tomohiro Shibata (L) and Satoko Inoue in Tokyo. May 16, 2010. The couple decided to use the robot, which conducted the ceremony with its audio functions, from Inoue's company to perform the witness' duties as they first met due to common work interest related to robots.

(Yuriko Nakao - Reuters)
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Visitors look at a life-sized humanoid robot named "RoboThespian", created to educate, communicate, interact and entertain, at the CeBIT IT fair on its opening day in Hanover, central Germany. March 1, 2011.

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A child looks at a Nao robot developped by Aldebaran Robotics during the Innovation robotic summit "InnoRobo" show in Lyon, central France. March 23, 2011.

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A master-slave remote-control robot system at the International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo. Nov. 9, 2011. The robot, by Kyokko Electric, features an operator wearing a 3D head mounted display (HMD) and flexible data gloves to operate a humanoid robot.

(Yoshikazu Tsuno - AFP/Getty Images)
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