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Why would they give it lips? Apparently, in order to make a robot as expressive as possible, researchers decided to give BERT2, a robot assistant, a pouty pair of lips and wide eyes with... are those eyebrows?

Researchers from the University College London and the University of Bristol, who dared to use BERT2 here to test whether a communicative and expressive robot would be better for humans to work with, are to blame for my nightmares this week. They did, however, find that a robot partner that apologises after making a mistake was able to gain a human's trust more successfully, to the point where a human would lie to prevent the robot's feelings from being hurt.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.