8. The Robot Barman
Human barkeeps fear for your future! This “alcohol administering automation” created for Japanese beer brand Asahi could well be tending bar in a few year’s time. If they can programme it to have selective vision and a suitable sneer when someone orders anything with “Lite” in its name.
7. Hanson Robotics ALICE
Hanson Robotics busies itself by “awakening intelligent robotic beings and granting them sparks of true consciousness and creativity.” Its Alice-bot is one example of the progress it has made with giving robotics realistic facial impressions with the aim of enabling “machine empathy” in the future.