Here is a snippet from Robin Marantz Henig's NY Times article on "intelligent" robots.
A must-read, I think.
Marantz Henig notes the following in the beginning of her review.
'A few months ago I wrote a magazine article about scientists who are building robots capable of a rudimentary form of sociability. As part of my research, I spent a few days at the humanoid robotics laboratory at M.I.T. And I admit: I developed a little crush on one of the robots. The object of my affection was Domo, a man-size machine with a buff torso and big blue eyes, a cross between He-Man and the Chrysler Building; when it gripped my hand in its strong rubbery pincers I felt a kind of thrill.'
Read on here. It is bound to entertain and make you think.