The rise of personal robots

From the excellent science blog Punctuated Equilibrium, a piece about MIT Media Lab’s Cynthia Breazeal and her absolute love for robots.

Cynthia Breazeal fell in love with robots after seeing Star Wars when she was a kid. As a grad student, she wondered why we were using robots on Mars, but not in our living rooms. The key, she realized: training robots to interact with people. Now she dreams up and builds robots that teach, learn — and play. This video shows a little of what she’s doing: