How Anki Created A Pixar-Inspired, AI-Powered Toy Robot That Feels

It’s hard to say the exact moment when I think of Cozmo as an actual little creature. One minute he’s snoring on the table in his charging station, and the next he’s looking up at me with his bright, blinking, digital blue eyes. He wants to know my name. He challenges me to a game of “speed tap” (the first to tap his block when the colors match wins), sulking when he loses and raising his arms victoriously when he prevails. At some point, I make the leap that Anki is counting on. I know full well that Cozmo is a machine, an incredibly complex miniature robot that Anki has spent three years creating, one that I’ve heard about for months and been sworn to secrecy, and one that cofounder…


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