Last updated: 10 august, 2010 - 11:19 GMT

Nao: the robot that detects and expresses emotions

Nao the robot

Nao has been created as a potential companion for children in hospital

One of the staples of science fiction is the computer that stops serving humans and takes over, becoming more intelligent than us.

Dr Michio Kaku and a robot

Dr Kaku believes robots could become as intelligent as monkeys this century

A new development in robotics could be a step in the direction of that scenario one day becoming fact.

A team of programmers at Hertfordshire University have created Nao, a robot that detects and expresses emotions and is capable of forming bonds with people.

Dr Michio Kaku is a leading physicist and futurologist.

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First broadcast 10 August 2010

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