Photos: The rise of social robots


Kismet was developed in the late 1990s by Cynthia Breazeal at MIT, and is considered to be the world's first social robot. It was a robotic head that simulated emotion through various facial expressions and movement.

Image: MIT

By Lyndsey Gilpin

Lyndsey Gilpin is a former Staff Writer for TechRepublic, covering sustainability and entrepreneurship. She's co-author of the book Follow the Geeks.