In Brief: Dec. 4, 2000

LOOK WHO'S WALKING After 15 years of research, Honda reports that it has created a robot that walks on two legs in a lifelike, humanoid fashion. Its name is ASIMO, and it can walk forward and backward and even up and down stairs. There are no plans to market ASIMO just yet, but Honda engineers hope that one day ASIMO will help humans with household tasks. Don't worry: at only 4 ft. tall and 95 lbs., ASIMO is less Terminator and more Robby the Robot.

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