Why Did Honda Build a Humanoid Robot That Meets With the Vatican’s Approval?
September 4, 2001 | Source: The Wall Street Journal
The Vatican has assured Honda Motors that the Church won’t complain about its two-legged four-foot robot named Asimo, which can walk, dance, shake hands and speak, but has no brain (AI functions).
So what else can it do? Honda plans to rent the robot as a guide in museums or to perform at weddings, and robots may someday sweep landmines, serve as seeing-eye dogs or work in nuclear-power plants. But there is one idea the company has nixed: robo-warriors.