I am a humanoid robot, my name is iCub.I am able to crawl on all fours and sit up. My hands have many joints and I am learning to manipulate objects very skillfully (like a man-cub). My head and eyes are fully articulated and I can direct my attention to things that I like. I can also listen with my ears and feel with my fingertips and I have a sense of balance. At the moment I can do simple things but my human friends are teaching me and my brothers something new every day (we are becoming an international family!).
iCub is part of the AMARSi (Adaptive Modular Architecture for Rich Motor Skills) project, a 7 million euro project funded by the European Union. Their interdisciplinary research will include:
development of compliant mechanics, control architectures for dynamical and learning systems
analysis and comparison between human motor control and robotics
focus on damage-robust, safe, fast and flexible motion with compliant mechanics and morphological computation
advancing algorithms for unsupervised, reinforcement and imitation learning
use of dynamical and neural models to implement control architectures at higher and lower cognitive levels
unified framework for locomotion and manipulation behaviour
Science fiction fans remember this performance of a robot child portrayed by Haley Joel Osment in Steven Spielberg's AI (from Brian Aldiss' excellent 1969 short story Super-Toys Last All Summer Long). His excellent performance demonstrates how creepy it is for a robot to be human.