Rise of Humanoid Robots

From the new Bionic Man to robotic bartenders, machines are looking and acting more human that ever.

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Robots are increasingly looking and acting like humans.  Just last week the London's Shadow Robot Company showed off Frank – yes short for Frankenstein – a truly bionic six-foot tall, 170-pound “man” made up of over one million sensors, 200 processors and 70 circuit boards who walks and talks. Frank was made to show off the latest in artificial body parts. But Frank is just part of a trend to make robots more humanesque. Here are a few more.

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Frank, "The Incredible Bionic Man" . walks at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington. The robot is the world's first-ever functioning bionic man made of prosthetic parts and artificial organ implants.

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Bipedal humanoid robot "Atlas" was primarily developed by the American robotics company Boston Dynamics. The 6-foot (1.83 m) tall, 330-pound robot is made of graded aluminum and titanium and costs $1.93 million. It is capable of a variety of natural movements, including dynamic walking, calisthenics and user programmed behaviors, according to the University of Hong Kong.

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Humanoid robot bartender "Carl" fills a cocktail glass with spirits to prepare a drink for a guest at the Robots Bar and Lounge in the eastern German town of Ilmenau. "Carl", developed and built by mechatronics engineer Ben Schaefer who runs a company for humanoid robots, prepares spirits for the mixing of cocktails and is able to interact with customers in small conversations.

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Humanoid communication robot Kirobo talks to Fuminori Kataoka, project general manager in the Product Planning Group of Toyota Motor Corp, during its unveiling this summer. Dentsu Inc, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo, Robo Garage and Toyota announced that their jointly developed robot astronaut, called Kirobo, flew aboard the Kounotori 4 cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) this summer.

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A robot is pictured in front of the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey as part of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots in London this year. Robots with the ability to attack targets without any human intervention must be banned before they are even developed for use in a battlefield.

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Dominik Brumm of the Artificial Lab of the University of Zuerich looks at the humanoid robot ROBOY during a media presentation in Zurich.

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Giant robot "Kuratas" is a four-meter-high, limited edition, made-to-order robot  controlled through a pilot in its cockpit, or via a smartphone. The four-ton "Kuratas" can be customized in 16 colors, and is armed with a futuristic weapons system, including a multi-rocket launcher that fires plastic rockets filled with compressed water.

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Murata Manufacturing Co Ltd President Tsuneo Murata poses with his company's bicycle-riding robot "Murata Seisaku-kun."

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A customer is seated on a 3.6 meter-high custom-made female robot at the "Robot Restaurant" in Kabukicho, one of Tokyo's best known red light districts. It's show time at the "Robot Restaurant" a new and high-tech take on the city's decades-old cabaret.

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Picture shows a robot produced by the electrical engineering department of the National Taiwan University mimicking the facial expressions of a human at the Taipei International Robot Show.