Dave, My Mind Is Going. I Can Feel It.

Attendees at the International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction in Amsterdam chose “Phobot,” a robot that acts like a human with a phobia, as their favorite. Created by students at the University of Amsterdam using Lego robotics, when Phobot sees a new fear-inspiring object it retreats and spins around in circles, then can be trained not to fear the object anymore. Can robo-therapists, Primal Screech therapy, and robot whisperers be far behind? Dave? What are you doing, Dave?

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