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No monkey business: Primate ignores swooning robot

Monkey November 2, 1997
Web posted at: 1:38 p.m. EST (1838 GMT)

TOKYO (CNN) -- Japanese scientists failed in their quest to get a monkey to interact with a shiny metal robot in what could be described as nothing more than a bad blind date.

Researchers at Waseda University had hoped the two would mingle, proving that robots bear mammal-like qualities.

But the 10-year-old-male monkey, named Choromatsu, paid little attention Saturday to the swooning robot, whose flashy metallic eyelashes and bulging synthetic eyeballs failed to charm.

Watch the robot perform while the monkey just looks bored:
video icon 349K/9 sec. QuickTime movie

Choromatsu sat with a scowl through most of the session, often staring at the ceiling or looking at researchers and photographers gathered in the room.

The robot, known as Hadaly 2, had no immediate comment.


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