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A Robot in Every Home

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

By Bill Gates

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

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

Go Forth and Replicate

Birds do it, bees do it, but could machines do it? Computer simulations suggest that the answer is yes

By David Emmite, James A. Reggia and Moshe Sipper


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

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

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


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February 2008

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