My students are finishing reading Frankenstein and I will next show them A.I.: Artifical Intelligence. Among our discussions is the idea of what kind of responsibility the creator has toward his creation. In response to the movie, I've done some research on current work in the field of robots (a term coined by the Czech play R.U.R. in 1920).
Last year a Japanese company created an android called HRP-4C. Here is her presentation, showing her range of emotions.
Yamaha in 2009 combined her with speech capabilities.
Then we have Aldebaran Robotics' Nao
Robotics are all the rage, according to a recent New York Times article, especially in terms of cooking and restaurants.
Here are two robot chefs in a Ramen noodle restaurant, making 80 bowls of noodles a day.
And here's a pancake chef.
ASIMOs new artifical intelligence shows how a robot learns to see.
Here are some Dancing Sony Robots.
You might even want your portrait drawn by one.
How prophetic A.I. seems. Someone has said, if we can imagine it we can make it happen. Well, folks, David may be with us sooner than we think.