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The Coming Merging of Mind and Machine

The accelerating pace of technological progress means that our intelligent creations will soon eclipse us--and that their creations will eventually eclipse them.

By Ray Kurzweil

Swarm Smarts

Using ants and other social insects as models, computer scientists have created software agents that cooperate to solve complex problems, such as the rerouting of traffic in a busy telecom network

By Eric Bonabeau and Guy Thraulaz

Robots vs. Humans: Who Should Explore Space?

Unmanned spacecraft are exploring the solar system more cheaply and effectively than astronauts are. Astronaut explorers can perform science in space that robots cannot.

By Francis Slakey and Paul D. Spudis

Rise of the Robots

By 2050 robot "brains" based on computers that execute 100 trillion instructions per second will start rivaling human intelligence

By Hans Moravec

Innovations from a Robot Rally

The Grand Challenge competition spurred advances in laser sensing, computer vision and autonomous navigation--not to mention a thrilling race for the 2-million prize

By W. Wayt Gibbs

Controlling Robots with the Mind

People with nerve or limb injuries may one day be able to command wheelchairs, prosthetics, and even paralyzed arms and legs by thinking them through the motions.

By John K. Chapin and Miguel A. L. Nicolelis

Ballbots

A new mode of locomotion will enable mobile robots to stand tall and move gracefully through busy everyday environments.

By Ralph Hollis

Artificial Muscles

Novel motion-producing devices--actuators, motors, generators--based on polymers that change shape when stimulated electrically are reaching commercialization.

By Steven Ashley

An Army of Small Robots

For robot designers these days, small is beautiful

By Luis E. Navarro-Serment, Pradeep K. Khosla and Robert Grabowski

A Robot in Every Home

The leader of the PC revolution predicts that the next hot field will be robotics

By Bill Gates

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