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"The Intimate Machine" premiered October 22, 2002.



Friendly Characters
Animated characters can see, hear and react to computer users, making everyday interactions with computers easier, more efficient and fun.


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Alpha Wolf
Researchers build artificial intelligence software modeled on the canine mind.


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Getting to Know Us
Computers monitor users' emotions by measuring heart rate, jaw-tension and other physical cues.


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Leonardo the Loveable
Robots loaded with artificial intelligence are coming soon to a theatre near you, thanks to MIT researchers and special effects wizard Stan Winston.


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Alan 2.0
Using the latest special effects technology, scientist use scans, recordings and animations of the real Alan to create a digital host.


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Robot Independence
Natural selection is at work in the artificial world, as robots learn to reproduce without us.


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Robots Have Feelings Too
SAGE, Bit and Kismet are robots with social skills. Researchers hope robotic emotions will make tomorrow’s technology more user-friendly.


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