• Yoseph Bar-Cohen
  • David Hanson
  • Adi Marom


Imagine you are having a polite conversation with a receptionist when you check into a hotel where you suddenly get the feeling that something is weird. In a flash you realize what’s wrong – this is not a real person but rather a robot. Your first reaction would probably be “It’s unbelievable – she looks so real,” just as you would react to an artificial flower that is a good imitation. With a flower, though, you can touch it to find out if it is real; here, you must rely on your other senses to confirm your suspicion.


Science Fiction Household Appliance Autonomous Operation Human Conversation Human Appearance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yoseph Bar-Cohen
    • 1
  • David Hanson
    • 2
  • Adi Marom
    • 3
  1. 1.California Institute of Technology, Jet Propulsion LabPasadena
  2. 2.Hanson RoboticsRichardson
  3. 3.New York

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