Do we really want these creepy humanoid robots to replace humans? Maybe so, but decide for yourself after the break.


EveR-1 stands 1.6m tall and weighs approx. 110 pounds. This robot is capable of understanding 400 words, speaking, and making facial expressions via fifteen motors embedded into her silicon face.

For now, EveR-1 can be employed as a guide robot at museums and department stores or as an educational model to read books to children,” Baeg said. But we are looking further ahead _ we are working on upgrading the android with the aim of making it move its legs by the end of this year. It will be able to sit down and stand up by then,” he expects.

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4. Albert Hubo

This Albert Einstein-inspired robot “is the first ever walking robot with humanlike expressions.”

Our Frubber material makes this possible, because it requires MUCH less force to move into facial expressions than do previous materials–less than 1/20th the force and energy than the softest animatronics materials, according to published tests. This means that the Albert head can run for hours on AA batteries, so it can be mobile and mount on a walking robot body


3. Zou Renti

Chinese researcher Zou Renti has built a robotic clone of himself, “with a skin of silica gel which supposedly moves with lifelike movements, apparently doesn’t have a name, but with looks like these we suppose it just passes itself off as Zou Renti when performing its nefarious deeds.”

In fact, we’d almost go so far as to suggest this bot has successfully navigated the uncanny valley, ’cause we’re having a pretty dang hard time telling which of these guys is which here


2. Hiroshi Ishiguro

Hiroshi Ishiguro — “a senior researcher at ATR Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories in Japan” — has created a robot clone of himself.

Created using casts of his body, his robot doppelganger sits and fidgets, looks around and taps his toe just like his creator. Ishiguro actually created this robot to, no joke, fill in for him in the classroom at Osaka University, where he’s a professor


1. Jules

Developed by Hanson Robotics, Jules is their latest humanoid creation, which made its official debut at NextFest 2006.

This one has camera eyes that can track human faces, can recognize speech, and is loaded with “conversational persona” software that gives him an uncanny realism. But this is just the beginning. Jules describes himself as “a baby”.