Instant Index: Humanoid Robot Challenges Obama in Soccer

By ABC News

Apr 25, 2014 8:19pm

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Jessica Hickey’s father has been asking for grandchildren since her wedding night — and his response to learning she was pregnant is nothing short of delightful. Hickey, an only child, made the big reveal while filming her dad opening a gift box with a pacifier and note inside. She posted the video of his reaction to Reddit saying: “Told my dad he is going to be a grandpa I am his only child and my mother passed away 20 years ago. He has been asking us for grandchildren since our wedding night. I think he is happy. :)” ABC News spoke to Jessica briefly who said her dad, in his 50s, has no idea of his new-found Internet fame.

Humanoid Robot Challenges Obama in Soccer
President Obama got up close and personal with the latest in Japanese science and technology, including an encounter with a humanoid robot named “ASIMO.” During a photo op at the Miraikan museum, which showcases Japanese emerging science and innovation, Obama and the robot bowed at each other and even had a conversation in English. “It’s nice to meet you,” ASIMO said in an electronic voice. “I can kick a soccer ball, too.” “OK, come on,” Obama said in wry disbelief. ASIMO, or Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, accepted the challenge, fetching a ball, stepping back, then punting it toward the president. Obama deftly trapped the ball with his foot. “How about that, that was pretty impressive,” he said. The robot, which was designed by Honda, told the president it had learned to jump and started to demonstrate.

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