Spielberg's film A.I. introduced us to the unsettling prospect of dealing with the feelings of neglected robot children. Now a lab in Japan has developed a real robot baby to test how such a scenario might actually play out.
Researchers at Osaka University designed the Affetto robot to study what they call Cognitive Developmental Robotics, a method of analyzing social development between children and caregivers. So far, the Affetto can mimic the reactions and facial expressions of a one to two-year-old toddler rather convincingly.
The researchers plan to eventually give the Affetto a full body, complete with responsive sensors. You can see the baby robot in action in the video below.