March 16, 2012      

Apparently, a fair amount of talk at this week's European service robot gathering, Innorobo, concerned whether or not a Jetson's Rosie or a Forbidden Planet-like Robby companion robot is a dream worth pursuing or even possible in the foreseeable future, prompting the above headline to appear atop a BBC article about the event.

True, the technological challenges might seem daunting, and the field of AI has historically been rife with disappointments and false starts. But two unrelated technologi...

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