VIDEO: The Robots are Coming

When we were kids, the idea of airplanes with no pilots or machines that could read peoples’ faces were strictly the stuff of science fiction.

If you wanted to see a robot that could do more than make coffee or add numbers, you had to go see “Star Wars” or “Star Trek.”

These days, of course, automatons are everywhere. Most of these robots are simply crude machines that perform simple tasks, like checking passengers in at the airport or spitting out cash to account holders from ATMs.

But thanks to the post 9/11 world and the research and development that is part and parcel of unprecedented military spending, the new robots can do a lot more than tell you when you missed a turn-off while driving to Aunt Millie’s.

One of the major challenges for engineers has been getting the robots to walk. Getting them to talk is easy by comparison. It took decades for engineers to craft a robot that could actually walk by putting one foot in front of another.

Today, the mobility of robots with tactical applications is increasing by leaps and bounds. That development obviously has massive implications for the military and law enforcement alike.

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