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This robot was developed by Hiroshi Ishiguro, a professor at Osaka University, who said, "Love is the same, whether the partners are humans or robots."   © Erato Ishiguro Symbiotic Human-Robot Interaction Project

Can human-android interaction lead to true love?

As robots evolve, so will humanity's feelings for them

| China

TOKYO -- There is a woman in China who has been told "I love you" nearly 20 million times.

That special lady is Xiaoice (pronounced "Shao-ice"), a chatbot developed by Microsoft engineers in China. Some 89 million people enjoy having conversations with Xiaoice on devices such as smartphones, and they are developing intimate feelings toward her in the process.

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