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Humanoid robots are here, but they’re a little awkward. Do we really need them?

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Building a robot that’s both human-like and useful is a decades-old engineering dream inspired by popular science fiction.

While the latest artificial intelligence craze has sparked another wave of investments in the quest to build a humanoid, most of the current prototypes are clumsy and impractical, looking better in staged performances than in real life. That hasn’t stopped a handful of startups from keeping at it.

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“The intention is not to start from the beginning and say, ‘Hey, we’re trying to make a robot look like a person,”‘ said Jonathan Hurst, co-founder and chief robot officer at Agility Robotics. “We’re trying to make robots that can operate in human spaces.”

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The Associated Press

2023-11-05 09:09:02

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