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When Robot Face-Plants In Fountain, Onlookers Show Humanity — By Gloating

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Starship Technologies' delivery robots, which can be found traveling the sidewalks of Washington, D.C., get smarter the more they drive — learning about sidewalk and traffic patterns with every trip they take. Meg Kelly/NPR hide caption

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Hungry? Call Your Neighborhood Delivery Robot

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As the presence of artificial intelligence continues to grow in the world, industry leaders and scholars are starting to explore the ethics surrounding the science. Juan Mabromata/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Scholars Delve Deeper Into The Ethics Of Artificial Intelligence

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Mobile ovens inside the delivery truck cook the pie right before it reaches its destination. Zume Pizza hide caption

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Our Robot Overlords Are Now Delivering Pizza, And Cooking It On The Go

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Customers use interactive kiosks to place orders at Eatsa, a fully automated fast food restaurant in San Francisco. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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As Our Jobs Are Automated, Some Say We'll Need A Guaranteed Basic Income

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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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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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BOCCO the robot. Yukai Engineering hide caption

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At CES, New Robots Deliver More Coos Than Utility

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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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