What a great idea it was for Sony to use an astronaut as the persona of their Asimo robot (but what a horrible name!).  The latest demo is impressive, I think we can all agree, for its running skills.  There is a lot of work, particularly at CMU, on created a realistic face.  Sony gets around that with the astronaut gimmick and they get the 'space-age' feel for free!  Further, the boxy from of an astronaut suit calms our expectation of realistic limbs, all of which make us think Asimo's physical and emotional actions are more human than they really are.

-neema