Talk about high-tech toys! Tomy’s “Hello! MiP” bot can dance, spin, fetch, and carry—and apparently, it even knows how to box. This little guy can be controlled using a phone or with hand movements, so there’s lots of different ways to teach it to bring y TOPIO may look like the Terminator, but it’s here to play table tennis, not destroy the human race. Its name stands for “TOSY Ping Pong Playing Robot” and it uses an artificial intelligence system to improve continuously during play, learning from each pr By Lizzy LeesOct. 13, 2014 , 3:00 AM © ROBERT PRATTA/Reuters/Corbis Max Aguilera-Hellweg If you think this robot looks like an animal, you’re on the right track. The Legged Squad Support System (LS3) was developed by the U.S. Department of Defense to act as a trained combat animal and literally take the burden off soldiers in rough terrain. C © Frederic Soltan/Corbis Despite their extremely “metal” appearance, the all-robot band Z-Machines can play sweet mellow music. But they can also amp it up to take full advantage of their extra fingers and arms and rock out with extreme mechanical precision. The only thing these Meet the robot pal you’ve been dreaming of. PR2, developed by the robotics lab Willow Garage, can do almost anything you want around the house: It folds laundry, fetches beers, flips pancakes, and even cleans up after you. PR2 was designed as an open sour © Toby Sterling/AP/Corbis Google’s newest self-driving car, released in May, was built entirely from scratch—and it shows. The car has no steering wheel, accelerator, or brakes. And if you’re planning on kicking back and on rocking out to some music while it drives you around, thi Slideshow: Eleven of the world’s coolest robots © Toru Hanai/Reuters/Corbis ‹› Max Aguilera-Hellweg © KIYOSHI OTA/epa/Corbis In the category of robots at work, this bot might be up for most dangerous job. The combat-ready “Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System,” or MAARS robot, enters risky areas in advance of troops. Here, it’s being guided through an urban training ground at Humanrobo via Wikipedia Commons © Michael Bahlo/epa/Corbis DARPA Players in the Robot Soccer World Cup, or RoboCup, are mostly interested in the serious business of advancing robotics and artificial intelligence. All the teams in the Standard Platform League game use the same type of robot body, and the best-designed s Like horses, camels need jockeys when they race. Until a few years ago, young boys were the likely riders. Now, tiny robot jockeys ride camels through the sand while owners remotely control their little whips. © STEPHANIE MCGEHEE/Reuters/Corbis In the category of robots at work, this bot might be up for most dangerous job. The combat-ready “Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System,” or MAARS robot, enters risky areas in advance of troops. Here, it’s being guided through an urban training ground at Meet the robot pal you’ve been dreaming of. PR2, developed by the robotics lab Willow Garage, can do almost anything you want around the house: It folds laundry, fetches beers, flips pancakes, and even cleans up after you. PR2 was designed as an open sour Google Press Release Forget that fantasy trip to volunteer at the vineyard in France! Burgundy-colored Wall-Ye is equipped with shears and sensors so it can do the tough work of pruning and monitoring plants throughout the season. Performers inside giant “fembots” are just one element of the extreme floor show at the Robot Restaurant in Tokyo. Other acts include boxing robots, giant motorcycles, and lots and lots of neon. © Michael Bahlo/epa/Corbis Robots have captured our collective imagination ever since we first made machines. A special issue in Science turns the spotlight on robots and the people who make them. 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There are no words to describe what Larry Till felt after his wife died unexpectedly last August. He says “shocked” comes the closest.Leisha Till was only 40 years old when she died from a brain aneurysm at her Vancouver home. She was up late, reading a book on her tablet. Larry Till found her in the morning.“It was instant as far as anyone can tell. Nothing could have prepared us for this,” her husband of 23 years said.Like an estimated two-thirds of Americans, the Tills did not have a will or trust.“It was such a chaotic time. We didn’t really think things out. We were young,” Larry Till added. “We knew we wanted to be cremated and that’s as far as it went.”But amid his grief and the chaos, Till had something else to think about: His wife left behind at least a dozen online accounts that needed to be dealt with immediately.With the rise of the internet — and social media — people’s digital presence has created another layer to consider when trying to bring a loved one’s life to a graceful close. If not handled properly that digital life can create complications for those left behind who are still grappling with the concept of literal and virtual death.Logged inTill says he was fortunate. He was able to access many of his wife’s accounts, such as email and Facebook, because she stayed logged in to those accounts on her tablet.