Humans have long dreamed of droids to do our dirty work, whether washing the dishes or fighting our wars. From the skies of Afghanistan to assembly lines in Detroit, those dreams are already a reality. Today sophisticated robots are being developed by universities, the private sector, and the military (or a combination of the three) that not so long ago would have been found only in the pages of comic book or on the movie screen. While we have a long way to go before robots become as practical, affordable, and ubiquitous as, say, automobiles or computers, it may be only a matter of time before they become the next big consumer electronic must-have.
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