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Amazing Robot Gymnast Nails High Bar Routine [VIDEO]

The Olympic Committee may not have any plans to allow robots into the 2012 Summer Games as of yet. But if they have a change of heart, we know at least one robot who will be prepared.

Robot NO.8 Kovacs is a small Japanese robot who has the type of skills on the high bar that even the best gymnasts would envy. While he does need a little help getting onto the bar, once he's up there, his moves can't be beat. Watch your back, Shawn Johnson.

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Watch What Happens When Two Chatbots Chat With Each Other [VIDEO]

The folks at Cornell Creative Machines Lab wanted to see what happened if two chatbots, which had been programmed to carry on coherent conversations with people, were instead introduced to each other.

The results are pretty funny and more awkward than any human-on-human first date we can imagine. Check out the banter, which quickly takes an odd philosophical turn, below.

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Robot Goalie
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Robot Soccer Goalie Shuts Out Shooters [VIDEO]

If you think soccer is a low-scoring sport now, just wait until the robot goalies take over. This prototype of a mechanical goalkeeper isn't ready for a regulation net, but is able to flawlessly protect his indoor soccer-sized goal from some pretty tough shots using GPS-like technology.

Next, they should probably program the net-minding bot to take dives.

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‘Late Late Show’ Robot Does a Spot-On Impression of Regis Philbin [VIDEO]

It looks like Geoff Pedersen, Craig Ferguson's skeletal, robotic sidekick, has recently gotten an upgrade. In the past, Geoff worked only sporadically and even had difficulty repeating pre-recorded phrases. But now, the late-night robot has become a wisecracking automaton who drops jokes on the fly.

On Wednesday night's episode of 'The Late Late Show,' Geoff did a spot-on impression of guest Regis Philbin that the daytime host didn't find amusing. "I thought he was having like an epileptic fit over here," Philbin said. "I don't talk like that at all! You've got to get rid of him!"

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Beer-Loving Robot Prefers Tecate Over Bud Light [VIDEO]

While scientists have yet to perfect artificial intelligence, they've at least perfected artificial beer preference. When it comes to brewskies, this thirsty robot named DARwIn-OP know what it likes -- the folks who built him over at Trossen Robotics actually programmed him to have a drink of choice. Given the option, the little guy will ignore a can of Bud Light and go for a cold Tecate every time.

It could have something to do with the colors of their respective cans, but we like to think DARwIn's just got fond memories of a robo-bender in Mexico.

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Therapeutic (and Adorable!) Robot Seals Provide Relief to Elderly Japanese Tsunami Survivors [VIDEO]

With Japanese media reporting that more than half of the country's recent tsunami and earthquake victims were over 65 years of age, the road to mental and physical recovery for many of Japan's elderly survivors has been especially tough.

Thanks to Japanese company Daiwa House, elderly survivors at the Suisyoen retirement facility are finding comfort in the companionship of two affectionate, robot seals nicknamed Peace and Love. And they might just be the cutest therapists ever.

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Designer Creates Prototype for Robot Armpit That Smells Like Real Armpit

Look closely. What you're seeing isn't chewing gum that's been left on the floor of a hair salon. That's a robot armpit prototype, built by designer Kevin Grennan as part of his studies on the role of smell in human-robot interaction. He's also developed ideas for adding scent glands to industrial robots -- like a surgical robot that releases the trust-building hormone oxytocin. 

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beer robot
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YouTuber Ron Tajima’s Quirky Robots [VIDEOS]

Japanese YouTuber Ron Tajima likes to build robots. Not necessarily the kind of robots that are going to revolutionize manufacturing as we know it, but the kind that will turn from a beer can into a cute little creature or from a Roomba into a baby cradle. This isn't to say that Ron's robots aren't special, jus

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