Performance of the Week

Performance of the Week Sep. 1, 2003

It took a robot to breathe life into a state dinner. In Prague, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi charmed guests with assistant envoy ASIMO, a Honda humanoid. Asimo paid tribute to Czech writer Karel Capek, who coined the term robot in his 1921 play R.U.R. The mechanical sidekick also danced and made a toast--in Czech--but revealed that he was too young to drink.

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