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Telepresence robots such as Beam are already enabling remote workers to roam around the office and communicate via live videoconferencing on wheels, but engineers at AI consultancy Tryolabs took the idea a bit further during a recent company hackathon. The resulting mini-robot incorporates a computer vision element, specifically, the PoseNet machine learning model for pose estimation, which is able to recognize movement in people, enabling the stand-in android to theoretically react autonomously and in real time, as if it had a real personality. It’s still a proof-of-concept--this was a hackathon after all--but combine it with facial recognition, and it could at least pull off Ferris Bueller-levels of deception.

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