<span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:100%">Puppy-like robot</span>
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/...80329122121.htm

It combines two different types of AI methods...
"classical rule-based artificial intelligence"
"artificial neural networks"
The combination of these two seems to offer "the best of both worlds"

What can this robot do?
"A new robot is able to learn by itself and can solve increasingly complex tasks with no additional programming."

One thing really makes me sad though....
“In human terms, our robot is probably like a two or three year old child, and it will take a long time for the technology to progress into the equivalent of adulthood. I don’t think we will see it in our lifetimes,” he says.

Let&#039;s hope that&#039;s not true. I&#039;m tired of hearing that all the cool stuff will happen after we&#039;re all dead! (Why couldn&#039;t I be born 100 years later?) >:(

<span style="font-size:12pt;line-height:100%">Talking robot</span>
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/...80229141032.htm

Here&#039;s an excerpt from the article....

Professor Nehaniv said: “Our approach is that robot will use what it learns individually and socially from others to bootstrap the acquisition of language, and will use its language abilities in turn to drive its learning of social and manipulative abilities. This creates a positive feedback cycle between using language and developing other cognitive abilities. Like a child learning by imitation of its parents and interacting with the environment around it, the robot will master basic principles of structured grammar, like negation, by using these abilities in context.”