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Biotechnology

Defining humanity with the help of humanoid robots

OSAKA -- Research into the creation of humanoid robots is leaping ahead. Robot comedians are already making audiences laugh, and department store customers can get help from robotic shop assistants.

     But there are far bigger implications in such advancements. In developing robots, researchers ask, "What does it mean to be human?" The continuing evolution of the robot is providing valuable insight into this most fundamental of questions.

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