Nov 152005

T-Rot, the thinking robot

After the Albert Hubo article and picture, I’m somewhat relieved to report that the Ministry of Science and Technology’s Intelligent Robot task force has unveiled a robot at the APEC forum in Busan, Korea today that doesn’t completely creep me out. The T-Rot, whose name is short for thinking robot, is spending its time at the forum tending bar, taking orders and making conversation with the attending world leaders in the Robot Café.

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Nov 152005
Albert Hubo Robot

Dayofid at English Wikipedia, CC BY 2.5

There’s not much of a back-story, but CNET has the creepiest picture that you are likely to see today or any day for that matter. The photo, taken this morning at a Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, shows a model, clearly under duress, shaking hands with a robot that has the head of Albert Einstein grafted onto the body of a Hubo robot. I’m sure this image will haunt my dreams in the nights to come, and I blame the robot’s creator, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.