Nov 152005
 
Albert Hubo Robot

Dayofid at English Wikipedia, CC BY 2.5

There’s not much of a back-story, but CNET News.com 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.

Oct 272005
 

Roboking, LG Electronics' cleaning robot

Gizmodo’s got a brief summary today of an article in the Korea Herald that outlines the government of South Korea’s desire to have commercially available intelligent robots by next year. The “intelligent service robot” project as it is being called by the Ministry of Information and Communication states that intelligent robots for entertainment, education, home security and household chores will be available in 2007 at a price of less than 1 million won (approx $950 USD).

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