A while back, Bill Keller of The New York Times stirred up a hornet's nest when he wrote a column worrying that joining Facebook would have a debilitating effect on his 13 year-old daughter's intellectual faculties. Technology advocates, including me, pounced.
CB2, a novel child-like robot, has been built by the JST ERATO Asada Project to simulate child development. Its flexible, life-like movement and full-body soft skin enable it to interact closely with people. This video demonstrates the robot's potential as a synthetic platform for understanding the development of human communication.