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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.

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Robot Helpers: Baxter is a friendly manufacturing robot designed to interact with humans.
Rethink Robotics

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Pharmacy Robot: McKesson's ROBOT-Rx fills prescriptiosn with ease.
McKesson

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Robot Bankers: By now we take them for granted, but ATMs are one of the original robots to replace real humans.
AP

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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.
DARPA

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Robot Parking: Full automation means no more tips.
AP

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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.
AP

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Talking Phones: Don't forget, your smartphone is a robot and now it's started to listen, understand and even talk back.
Apple

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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.
IBM

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Robotic Oil Drilling: Drilling for oil has never been more autonomous.
Robotic Drilling Systems

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Robot Rentals: No humans, just DVDs. Sorry Blockbuster.
AP

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Robot Lawn Mowers: I never enjoyed cutting grass anyway.
Friendly Robotics

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Robots that Understand: Post-Deep-Blue, IBM's new Watson computer understands natural human language and is really good at Jeopardy.
AP

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Robot Maids: The Roomba vacuum cleaner, one of the first household robots to go mainstream.
iRobot

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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.
AP

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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

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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.
Aethon

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.

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