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Need a Hug? Baxter the Human-Friendly Robot Debuts at M.I.T.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Baxter stayed behind in the lobby of the M.I.T. Media Lab, diligently picking up miniature boxes of Junior Mints and teacup candles and putting them in a pumpkin-shaped plastic bucket, as most attendees of Technology Review 's Emerging Technologies (EmTech) conference here filed into the main auditorium on Wednesday morning.Don't feel bad for Baxter, though, it was simply performing the picking and placing operations it had been programmed to do...

October 24, 2012 — Larry Greenemeier
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