When the humanoid robot SAFFiR gets a shove, it reflexively moves to maintain its balance. SAFFiR can also walk over uneven terrain, turn its head to scan its surroundings and — with the help of a human operator — reach out to grasp objects.

Thad Starner, a Professor in the School of Interactive Computing, discusses with NPR the question of whether a computer can change or effect the essense of a person.

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