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

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Researchers at Brown University's computer science department are studying whether a robot called Baxter can be taught to pick up different objects. Joe Palca/NPR hide caption

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How Can Robots Learn New Tasks? Practice, Practice, Practice

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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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Daniel Craig plays James Bond in the film Casino Royale. Dramatis, a computer program, can detect suspense from this scene and rates it even higher as the plot thickens. MGM/United Artists/Sony/The Kobal Collection hide caption

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Can You Teach A Computer To 'Feel' Suspense?

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Researchers Warn Against 'Autonomous Weapons' Arms Race

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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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These robotic arms are part of a modular kitchen that's been set up so that the robot chef can find exactly what it needs. Moley Robotics hide caption

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This Robot Chef Has Mastered Crab Bisque

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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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Since it was built by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service in 1998, 90,000 emergency responders have come to "Disaster City" to climb over mangled steel and through derailed chemical trains. Lauren Silverman /KERA hide caption

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In 'Disaster City,' Learning To Use Robots To Face Ebola

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One of these penguins is not like the others — the chick in front is really a rover, designed by filmmakers and used by scientists to gather data. Huddle/John Downer Productions/BBC hide caption

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WATCH: The Robotic Baby Penguin That Spies For Scientists

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These little robots, called BlabDroids, ask people questions and video record their replies. The footage will be used to create a documentary. Courtesy of Alexander Reben hide caption

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