1.06.2006I figured we were due.
From Robotics Online: Year of the Robot
Just how much intelligence we attribute to a robot is not the issue. They are devices with extremely advanced processing abilities, but human cognition and other emotive abilities aren't part of today's robot culture except in science fiction. Not that universities and other researchers aren't exploring these issues - they are. Some are experimenting with facial expressions and even devices similar to stuffed animals that can help autistic children or provide companionship to lonely seniors, and others are poking into the realm of artificial intelligence where insects are the current measuring stick.