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Posted: Saturday, November 25, 2006 4:36 am | Updated: 3:01 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Can your robot be your friend? Scientists are working on a robot revolution that will create a new level of humanity. “Robots in the human environment, to me that’s the final frontier,” said Cynthia Breazeal, robotic life group director at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Breazeal said the biggest challenge is that “robots have to understand people as people.”

From robot receptionists to teddy bear robots that will help monitor the health of sick children, researchers are injecting human interaction into robotics.

“We have only scratched the surface,” said robotics scientist Sebastian Thrun.

He predicts that 10 years from now robots will roam throughout the health care system and that in our homes, multiarmed robots will be doing the cleaning.

“There will be a lot of personalized devices,” he said.

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