Robots replacing humans everywhere
Now that California has given self-driving cars the legal go-ahead, the robot invasion is well and truly upon us. And they're everywhere: filling our prescriptions, parking our cars and even beating us at Jeopardy. Welcome to the world of robots.
Robot Helpers: Baxter is a friendly manufacturing robot designed to interact with humans.
Pharmacy Robot: McKesson's ROBOT-Rx fills prescriptiosn with ease.
Robot Bankers: By now we take them for granted, but ATMs are one of the original robots to replace real humans.
Robot Pack Mules: DARPA shows off its Legged Squad Support System (LS3) -- military speak for a robotic pack mule. These particular robot prototypes that can run, haul gear for soldiers, follow the leader and so on.
Robot Parking: Full automation means no more tips.
Self-Driving Cars: Look ma, no hands! Which is nice because Steve Mahan (pictured), who is head of the Santa Clara Valley Blind Center, can't see.
Talking Phones: Don't forget, your smartphone is a robot and now it's started to listen, understand and even talk back.
Robot Chess Players: Millions of chess players watch as IBM's chess-playing supercomputer Deep Blue takes on Gary Kasporav. In the end, the machines won.
Robotic Oil Drilling: Drilling for oil has never been more autonomous.
Robotic Drilling Systems
Robot Rentals: No humans, just DVDs. Sorry Blockbuster.
Robot Lawn Mowers: I never enjoyed cutting grass anyway.
Robots that Understand: Post-Deep-Blue, IBM's new Watson computer understands natural human language and is really good at Jeopardy.
Robot Maids: The Roomba vacuum cleaner, one of the first household robots to go mainstream.
Wall Street's Robot Invasion: By 2010, over 70% of equity trades in the US was composed of high-frequency trading, lightning fast, trades made by sophisticated computers and algorithms.
Military Drones: No need to risk human lives when you can send in an unmanned aerial vehicle.
U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson
Robot Nurses: Next time youre visiting a hospital, make way for Aethon TUG robots, currently deployed in about 135 hospitals. The bots can summon an elevator and wait in line, giving humans priority access.