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Social robots could be coming soon to a home near you

Social robots could be coming soon to a home near you

When most people think of robots, they either think of hulking Terminators or the types of dumb industrial robots taking part in a future robot uprising. But there's another class of robot that's also gaining traction — social robots that cost less than $1,000 and are designed for the home. They are more WALL-E than Terminator, and are meant to be personal companions and even "one of the family." For all the stories about the perils of artificial intelligence, these machines are strangely disarming. First of all, some of them — such as the new Buddy companion robot from French robotics firm Blue Frog Robotics — look like they've had a cartoon...

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