A University of Washington researcher finds that soldiers develop emotional bonds with robots deployed in place of humans -- and that may affect their battlefield performance.
Road Trip 2010: For years, iRobot has helped soldiers and homemakers alike and is now planning for the future of both.
The Army-funded humanoid can locate victims in a mine shaft, battlefield, toxic spill, or quake-damaged structure and carry them over long distances to safety.
An expert in AI warns that a push toward greater autonomy for battlefield bots, some already armed with machine guns or missiles, poses a serious and imminent risk.
From vacuums to the battlefield
Robots that shoot are coming, but more testing needs to be done before they can roll onto the battlefield. Photos: Gun-toting bots
Some build their bots from PC parts. Others aim to create droids worthy of the battlefield.
Whether mopping up a battlefield or a living room floor, robots will get the job done, the company says.