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Honda Introduces Asimo To North America

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And artificial intelligence made an appearance in the real world over the weekend, as Honda introduced to North America the latest model of its humanoid robot, Asimo. This one, the third version, is more lifelike than previous models. It can climb stairs, hop up and down on one foot, and sign with its hands. Asimo greeted a crowd of reporters at a hotel in New York.

ASIMO THE ROBOT: Hello, everyone. Nice to meet you. Thank you for coming today.

MONTAGNE: Asimo looks like a little guy with big round eyes in a spacesuit. Its name is short for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility and there are more innovations on the way. Honda is currently working on Asimo Version IV.

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