Humanoid robots & other innovations of the MIT Media Lab

They developed The Kindle, Guitar Hero and the little robot vacuum cleaner that scuttles along the floor. But they've also created the exo-skeleton robots that allow us to run faster with less effort, robots you can hug and cars that can fold up. Today we bring you the story of MITs Media Lab where very smart people are given the space to play and come up with fantastic off-the-wall ideas for new technology. The only catch once they Dream It .. they have to Build It.

Part Three of The Current

Humanoid robots & other innovations of the MIT Media Lab

We started this segment with a clip from Nexi, an >MDS (Mobile Dexterous Social) robot What we can't quite capture on radio are the slight raising of eyebrows and tilting of the head as Nexi speaks.

Nexi is one of the most sophisticated, human-like robots around created by someone who believes robots touch something deeply human within us.

Cynthia Breazeal heads the Personal Robots group at the MIT Media Lab. The lab is a hot-bed of creativity, a place that has bred an array of life-altering technologies and inventions.

As part of our project >Game Changer, the lab offers a case study groundbreaking innovation. Founded 25 years ago by the legendary Nicholas Negropronte, it houses some of the world's most cutting edge research in digital technology. 

Frank Moss was the Lab's director for five years - leaving his post just this year. He has written a book about the experience called The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices - How The Digital Magicians of the MIT Media Lab Are Creating the Innovative Technologies That Will Transform Our Lives. Frank Moss was in Boston.

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