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Most Emotionally Responsive Robot
Kismet, created by Cynthia Breazeal at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(MIT), is a robotic head powered by 15 networked computers and 21 motors. It is
designed to recognize and respond to different emotions while interacting with
humans. Nine of the computers are used to control Kismet's vision alone.
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Most Complex Artificial Brain
The Genobyte Corporation of Colorado, USA, with Advanced Telecommunications
Research, Japan, have developed a brain for a robot cat called Robokoneko
(“Robot Kitten” in Japanese). It will have the ability to “learn". The unit
consists of millions of artificial neurons, which in organic brains control the
transmission of data and instructions to the eyes, ears, and limbs. Initially,
the connections between these neurons are random, but in a dynamic,
Darwinian-like process of evolution the robo-cat can discard dud neural pathways
and develop only successful processes.
Most Lifelike Robot Fish
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of Japan have developed a series of robotic fish.
The models are so lifelike that only the closest inspection can tell them apart
from the real thing. The project was spurred by the superb efficiency of the
swimming motion of a fish. Possible future applications include the development
of submarines that could travel much further and faster than with today's
technology. The first model made in the robotic fish project was a robotic sea
bream, weighing 5.73 lb and measuring 60 cm in length. Yet the project is mainly
concerned with robotic replicas of extinct fish, for use in virtual aquariums.
Walkman, a 12.7-cm (5-in tall) robot, costing $1.75, was built from the remains
of a Sony Walkman, at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, USA, in
1996. In tests, when its legs were held, the robot managed to struggle free
without being programmed to do so and without making the same movement twice.