There was a recent write up on "Cog" in the NY Times. For those who may not be familiar with it, the MIT artificial intelligence laboratory site has cool videos of this creation if your computer handles streaming video. It has a torso and a head so far. They assert that to learn like a human, the computer needs a human-like body.
Also, I saw Matrix yesterday. Kicked ass. Can't wait for it to be discussed on the list, but we should give everyone a chance to see it first. What do you think? Another week or so?