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.