Meet The Growbots - Science News: He wants to create a robot that sponges up knowledge baby-style. Job No. 1, Rao suspects, is getting a machine to look where an experimenter looks, just as a baby homes in on an adult’s visual perspective. Evidence suggests that an ability to follow another person’s gaze emerges toward the end of a child’s first year. This subtle skill enables infants to learn what words refer to, what adults are thinking and feeling, and when to imitate what others do.