The Einstein robot that can emote is just one more step toward Blade Runner

How far do you think robotics have come? Before you can finish saying “ASIMO”, get to know the Einstein-resembling robot which, thanks to scientists at the University of California, has learned various facial expressions by looking in a mirror and mimicking (so to speak): 

It randomly moved its 30 facial muscles – each controlled by a tiny servo motor – until it recognized the faces from its database in the mirror image.

Depending on you, this is either awesome or terrifying (or both). It’s only a matter of time ‘til they learn to feel. 

-Lana Polansky