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Rise of the Robots

Robots are well on their way from the pages of science fiction to your front door. In fact, advanced humanoid robots could arrive on your doorstep as early as 10 years from now.

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This story appears in the January 2008 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

David Hanson, founder of Hanson Robotics in Richardson, Texas, is in the process of developing lifelike, conversational character robots that target the entertainment, consumer/household and medical markets. "We're trying to make them into actual friends that can tutor and hold your attention much longer than any toy possibly could," says Hanson.

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