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Will tomorrow's robots be invented... or grown? Mark Lee, Emeritus Professor of Intelligent Systems in the Department of Computer Science at Aberystwyth University in Wales, works in the new field of Developmental Robotics. That's creating computational models of infant development for novel robot learning techniques, and he has trained their humanoid iCub robot from the equivalent of a developmental stage of newborn to nine-month-old. Hence the title of his recent book, How to Grow a Robot: Developing Human-Friendly, Social AI. In part 2, we talk about crossovers between robotics and neuroscience, conversational robots, and what it might be like in a world where you could go down to your local park and made a robot and have a and meet a robot and have a conversation on a bench.

All this plus our usual look at today's AI headlines.

Transcript and URLs referenced at HumanCusp Blog.

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