She might not be paid, but Carnegie Mellon University's newest staff member does all that a typical receptionist should: gives directions, answers the phone--even gossips about her boss.

"Valerie" is considered the world's first robot receptionist with a personality, university officials said Feb. 18. The blonde "roboceptionist" interacts with people by talking about her boss, her psychiatrist, and her dream of being a lounge star.

"We wanted to give her an underdog character, struggling to make it in a world of humans," said Kevin Snipes, 26, a graduate student

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