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A Knightscope K5 security robot roamed the Prudential Center in Boston in May. Will it be the next robot to question its existence? Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe/Getty Images hide caption

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I Sink, Therefore I Am: This Robot Wasn't Programmed For Existential Angst

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Could you hit a toy robot with a hammer? The answer to that question might tell you more about yourself than you'd think. Renee Klahr/NPR hide caption

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Can Robots Teach Us What It Means To Be Human?

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Researchers at Cornell University have developed a soft robotic hand with a touch delicate enough to sort tomatoes and find the ripest one. Huichan Zhao/Organic Robotics Lab, Cornell University hide caption

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When a person places a finger in the slot on the left, the robot uses an algorithm — unpredictable even to its creator — to decide whether to prick the finger with the pin on the end of its arm. Alexander Reben hide caption

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A Robot That Harms: When Machines Make Life Or Death Decisions

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A pneumatic network, in red, is embedded within the octobot's entirely soft body and elastic arms, in blue. Ryan Truby, Michael Wehner, and Lori Sanders/Harvard University hide caption

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"Danger, Will Robinson!" The danger-sensing abilities of the newly developed robot system far exceed those of the Robot in the classic TV series Lost in Space. Bettmann Archive hide caption

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