The August issue of National Geographic magazine features a fascinating article on robots, find it on newsstands July 26th 2011. In ”Making Robots Human,” the author Chris Carroll explores the world of robotics, and the advances in technology that allow robots to speak, blink, smile and perform such tasks as folding clothes and cooking. From childcare provider to chef, roboticists have big plans for these human-like machines, which raises the question: how human is too human?
In five or ten years robots will routinely be functioning in human environments,”
- Reid Simmons, a professor of robotics at Carnegie Mellon