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SMILING, FROWNING ROBOTS – BUT CAN THEY COOK?

Apart from paint-spraying and assembly work – and bomb disposal – we still don’t see robots doing anything very useful, but instead of perfecting ones that cook the dinner and do the washing up afterwards, researchers keep working on the frills: a team at the Science University of Tokyo have applied the wonders of silicone rubber to create a face that can beam when its skin is pulled by electric motors, detect rudeness and respond aggressively, and raise an eyebrow when it doesn’t understand.

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