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Anthropomorphism in Robots

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What is it like to see a robot that speaks, moves, and even reacts like a human might? How do we react? The Verge reports on Anthropomorphism in Robots at the 2014 International CES (Consumer Electronics Show).

Anthropomorphism, or personification, occurs when inanimate objects, animals, or things in nature are given human qualities.

Talking with two RoboThespian robots
RoboThespian
The video features Engineered Arts’ RoboThespian, a big-eyed automaton with a purposeful sci-fi robot look, and Paro, a huggable baby seal stuffed animal robot by Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST).

Paro, the theraputic seal
What emotions are stirred by these technologies?

There are more robots and more anthropomorphic examples in the archives, including eyebombing, the animated short Omelettethe Otamatone Jumbo, and one of our favorites: Cloudy.

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