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Halloween: The 20 scariest robots in computing

They're real and very creepy

Happy Halloween: These 20 creepy robots are guaranteed to give you the heebie-jeebies

Honda's Asimo

On appearances alone, Honda's experiment in human-robot interaction seems all right. Its astronaut-like look stays safely away from the uncanny valley - the area in which a robot's resemblance to humans becomes disturbing - but I'm instinctively wary of any robot with a directive to dance the Funky Chicken, as you can see at the 22 second mark in this video.

Photo: Honda

Waterstrider

Robot spiders are inherently creepy, but Carnegie Mellon University's Waterstrider gets extra spook points for its ability to walk on water. Researchers say the bug's ability to reach inaccessible areas makes it useful for "many different applications." But all I can think of are a dozen of these things crawling into the bathtub.

Photo: Carnegie Mellon University

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