Bill Scannell says: "I have a friend of mine who's put together a project to put an AI brain into a lifelike robot, the goal being to make it as smart as a stupid three-year-old, from which point it can begin to learn on it's own and develop consciousness."
The robot is being developed by a team of roboticist rock stars, including David Hanson (who built the Philip K. Dick android head) and Mark Tilden (creator of BEAM robotics and the WowWee Robosapien robot).
Mark Frauenfelder is the founder of Boing Boing and the editor-in-chief of MAKE and Cool Tools. Twitter: @frauenfelder. His new book is Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects