W. H. Richards and A.H. Reffell built Eric in 1928. The Science Museum estimates it will take expert roboticist Giles Walker three months to reconstruct him. Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images hide caption

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London Museum Hopes To Reboot Eric, Britain's First Robot

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The robotic skull of a T-600 cyborg used in the movie Terminator 3. Eduardo Parra/Getty Images hide caption

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Weighing The Good And The Bad Of Autonomous Killer Robots In Battle

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Fernando Boiteux tosses Emily, a remote-controlled lifesaving device, into the waters off the shore of the Greek island of Lesbos. Boiteux, an assistant fire chief from Los Angeles, is helping train Greek first responders to use Emily. Joanna Kakissis for NPR hide caption

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How A High-Tech Buoy Named Emily Could Save Migrants Off Greece

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UmmaGawd (Tommy Tibajia), a pilot in the Drone Racing League, flies his quadcopter in an abandoned power plant in New York. The Drone Racing League hide caption

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A Video Game IRL: Drone Racing League Aims To Be NASCAR In The Air

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Google's self-driving prototype car can be found cruising the streets near the Internet company's Silicon Valley headquarters to test programming responses to a variety of situations. Tony Avelar/AP hide caption

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A row of Google self-driving Lexus cars at a Google event in Mountain View, Calif. The cars use sensors and computing power to maneuver around traffic. Eric Risberg/AP hide caption

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How Close Are We Really To A Robot-Run Society?

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The robot from Florida-based Team IHMC Robotics takes a tumble as it tries to walk over rubble. This team came in second place and won a $1 million prize. DARPA Robotics Challenge hide caption

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At DARPA Challenge, Robots (Slowly) Move Toward Better Disaster Recovery

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The German service robot Toomas was designed to welcome customers and help them find items in a store. Joerg Sarbach/AP hide caption

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Attention White-Collar Workers: The Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs

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Shoppers view and take photographs of humanoid robot "Chihira" at the information reception desk of Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo. Chris McGrath/Getty Images hide caption

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She's Almost Real: The New Humanoid On Customer Service Duty In Tokyo

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DAR-1 is one of the many social robots with facial recognition abilities on display for the robot petting zoo at the South by Southwest interactive festival. Jack Plunkett/AP hide caption

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SXSW Debuts Robot Petting Zoo For A Personal Peek Into The Future

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Kiva robots maneuver around one of Amazon's newest distribution centers on Sunday in Tracy, Calif. Brandon Bailey/AP hide caption

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Amazon Unleashes Robot Army To Send Your Holiday Packages Faster

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The TALON MAARS (Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System) can be transformed from a weaponized robot to one with an arm and gripper by changing out its modules. PRNewsFoto/Foster-Miller Inc. hide caption

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When Robots Can Kill, It's Unclear Who Will Be To Blame

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A BigDog robot at Boston Dynamics in 2010. The BigDog is being developed to help soldiers carry heavy equipment in the field. It can follow a human being, walking across wet/sandy/rocky terrain, just like a dog would. Suzanne Kreiter/Boston Globe via Getty Images hide caption

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With Google's Robot-Buying Binge, A Hat Tip To The Future

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Expect Labs' MindMeld app uses predictive computing to push information to us, instead of us having to ask. Courtesy of Expect Labs hide caption

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Computers That Know What You Need, Before You Ask

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The RoboRoach device allows users to influence the movements of cockroaches with a smartphone. Backyard Brains hide caption

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What's Creepy, Crawly And A Champion Of Neuroscience?

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Baxter is billed by its makers as a "collaborative manufacturing robot." It can work alongside humans to do simple, repetitive tasks. © Stephen F. Bevacqua/Courtesy of Rethink Robotics hide caption

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