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Kismet is a robot.1 It belongs to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is designed to mimic the facial expressions of humans. It has eyes, eyebrows, ears, and a mouth. They move, too. But there is no disguising the fact that it looks like a hardware store sculpture that’s waiting for a prosthetic face; no one would confuse it with a human (even for a split second). However, despite this, Kismet can evoke deep-seated responses in humans.