Robots Take Center Stage at Nextfest Wired magazine's "Nextfest" convention in Los Angeles offers a look at the next generation of robots — including Keepon, the dancing yellow robot that's made a splash on YouTube.
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Robots Take Center Stage at Nextfest

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Hideki Kozima with his robot, Keepon. Kozima is a psychologist who created Keepon to work with autistic children. Madeleine Brand, NPR hide caption

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Chinese inventor Zou Ren Ti, (left), seated next to a robot version of himself. The robot can move his head, nod and blink his eyes. Madeleine Brand, NPR hide caption

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Chinese inventor Zou Ren Ti, (left), seated next to a robot version of himself. The robot can move his head, nod and blink his eyes.

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Think "robots" and you're likely to come up with "T-1000" from the Terminator movies, or maybe the Jetsons' maid. But there are cuter, less inhuman robots being developed, like Keepon, the dancing YouTube sensation and "it" robot of the year.