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Robots, part III

Robots continue to grow in their importance amongst law enforcement, military use, medical research and care, space exploration and entertainment, among other tasks. Robots recently in the news include Russia's decades-old Lunokhod rovers - recently photographed from Lunar orbit, the naming of "Curiosity", NASA's next Mars rover, and a robotic dental patient, designed for realistic training. Collected here are a handful of relatively recent photographs of robots around the world - and the solar system. [Previously, 1, 2]. (33 photos total)

A robotic hand which has been designed to aid army bomb disposal personnel is demonstrated by Rich Walker of Shadow Robot Company at the Centre for Defence Enterprise in Oxford, in central England, on February 11, 2010. (BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
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96 comments so far...

A very interesting topic. Amazing what already has been accomplished. Thanks for your regular blogs with amazing pictures.

Posted by Derek March 26, 10 01:30 PM

number 6 is scary! it looks so post-apocalyptic.

Posted by melanie March 26, 10 01:34 PM

These are AWESOME.

Posted by Haley March 26, 10 01:34 PM


Posted by Hazerd March 26, 10 01:40 PM

Robots are amazing! Great compilation of photos!

Posted by Mitchell March 26, 10 01:48 PM

In the future, there will be robots.

Posted by Charles March 26, 10 02:05 PM

#8... i want that sweater! :)

Posted by pisay March 26, 10 02:11 PM

I find it amusing that most of the military grade robots look like super-sized Battlebots, while the only truly bad-ass looking one is built to play ping pong...

Posted by Andrew March 26, 10 02:17 PM

The Uncanny Valley: we have not yet reached it.

Posted by Matt March 26, 10 02:20 PM

Did you people learn nothing from Terminator?

Posted by Mike March 26, 10 02:27 PM

I like that the ping pong playing robot has a six pack.

What is the hand in #9 holding? A cube of tofu?

Posted by Dan March 26, 10 02:42 PM

Skynet is self aware.

Posted by JB March 26, 10 02:50 PM

#30 looks very cool

Posted by Michael March 26, 10 03:00 PM

I'm surprised no one has posted this obligatory comment yet:

"I, for one, welcome our robot overlords."

Posted by Dre March 26, 10 03:14 PM

#10...the 'anger' expression looks more like sleepiness or boredom.

Posted by patinatrix March 26, 10 03:28 PM

Love the pics. Some odd things in this collection.

How does a child robot help the study of child development? Wouldn;t it be more prudent to study actual children? It is a robot programmed to act a certain way, so any "study" would be flawed with predetermined results.

Anyone find this statement odd for photo #31? And I quote "Instead, the Crusher is an unmanned ground combat vehicle that will never see combat." How can it be classified as a combat robot if it will never see combat?

And then why is the ping pong playing robot wearing shades? He is one bad-arse looking mama jama, but shades? Is his future that bright? Must be a lot of demand for ping pong partners out there, that they need a robot to fill in because of a shortage.

Posted by Flogging Murphy March 26, 10 04:05 PM

pic. 11
Robot 'Dragon Runner' during a photocall with Captain Judith Gallagher

Posted by michael March 26, 10 04:27 PM

from now on i'm signing my name as "PV/nR sqrt(-1) E/(c^2)"

Posted by tim March 26, 10 04:32 PM

I really don't like the kind of comment that I'm about to write... but I can't keep this question to myself this time: Has anyone noticed that almost all (except for the NASA one) the "American" robots are designed for military purposes? .
Besides that negative aspect I'm thrilled by the human creativity. It is just AMAZING what we can accomplish.
Thanks for sharing Alan.
Greetings from Argentina!

Posted by Jorge March 26, 10 04:35 PM

I'll make the most of it, I'm an extraordinary machine.

Posted by Fionna Apple March 26, 10 05:02 PM

If you think #6 looks scary, wait until you see the thing in motion. It not only approaches the uncanny valley, it's living near the bottom. Creepy youtube video.

Posted by Helmut March 26, 10 05:13 PM

#32 I don't see the amputated hand anywhere!!

Posted by confused March 26, 10 06:01 PM

I like #32. Robotics would give a lot of hope to people with disabilities.

Posted by Costas March 26, 10 06:35 PM

Some bear a striking resemblance to my ex-wife. Scary.

Posted by skz March 26, 10 06:38 PM

#10 Is mimicking the facial expression of a stroke.

Posted by Fernando March 26, 10 06:48 PM

maybe if most of the world stoped trying to kill americans we would have more time to make friendly robots

Posted by b-rad March 26, 10 07:22 PM

So the only one that looks like The Terminator is actually designed to play Ping Pong? Something's not right there.

Posted by GuanoLad March 27, 10 01:19 AM

im a little bit scared if this robot take control our live over and over time in future.

well #9 so much sensitive :)

Posted by dennis March 27, 10 02:13 AM

And ofcourse, the cleaning robot is a maid.

Posted by Chipo March 27, 10 05:07 AM

#10 is cute. I would date her.

Posted by Dean Pawlik March 27, 10 06:51 AM


Posted by Mike Pelletier March 27, 10 08:20 AM
Posted by Anonymous March 27, 10 09:48 AM

Ah, with these advances in robotry, returning to the 40 hr work week may still be possible.

Posted by ccAudi March 27, 10 10:43 AM

I love the dog in #6, have been following its development.

Posted by Rizky March 27, 10 10:56 AM

Average Japanese women?

From a more in-depth article:

The fashion-bot is 5ft 2 ins, the average height of young Japanese women, but weighs in at a waiflike 95 pounds (43 kilos) – including batteries.

"If we had made the robot too similar to a real human, it would have been uncanny," said one of the inventors, humanoid research leader Shuji Kajita. "We have deliberately leant toward an anime style."

(source: telegraph March 2009)

Posted by perhaps a feminist March 27, 10 01:06 PM

Hey #5, thanks for the nightmares!

Posted by Mike March 27, 10 01:51 PM

#31 is terrifying. Unchecked use of technology will only lead to our enslavement.

Posted by Chimbo March 27, 10 02:51 PM

@b-rad , the US are the bad guys, can't believe you haven't worked that out yet.

The rest of the world is not trying to kill Americans, you have got it round the wrong way.

Posted by jake March 27, 10 11:43 PM

Comment #19 « It is just AMAZING what we can accomplish. »

Yes, the human being is capable of achieving the worst and the better...
The Money and the Power are the only reasons to do things and so much the better if they can serve the community...

Nice Pics! Star Wars is here... Where is Dark?

Posted by Renel March 28, 10 06:33 AM

thankyou for your recent emails , very nicely made would be interested in something like the irobot walking taking and senser feel to surroundings,

Posted by imran degmaster March 28, 10 08:50 AM

scary...very, very scary.

Posted by Captain March 28, 10 09:20 AM

Look how many of the Robots are made in Israel.
7 Million people and such enormous contribution.
Think about it....

Posted by AM March 28, 10 11:11 AM

That should be 'Informatics Forum' not 'imformatics'.

Posted by Matt J March 28, 10 12:17 PM

It's one thing to develop robots to do the dangerous things (defuse bombs, take down criminals, etc.), but it's strange that we're developing robots to do the most mundane tasks. Buying a robot to help with cleaning, grocery shopping, playing ping pong just smacks of laziness to me.

@Confused. Re: "#32 I don't see the amputated hand anywhere!!"
The guy is making shadow puppets with it on the wall. He's looking right at it.

@Chip. Re: "And ofcourse, the cleaning robot is a maid."
That's kind of the definition of "maid." If you're worried about gender, don't be. It's a robot.

Posted by Dr. Calvin March 28, 10 01:52 PM

Best image series regarding humans and robots i seen in my lifetime. Certainly, challenging but fascinating times lie ahead.

Posted by Markus March 28, 10 05:09 PM


Posted by Marvin March 28, 10 06:16 PM

If you haven't seen it yet, check out the Boston Dynamics March 2008 video of Big Dog (#6):
Amazing and very creepy.

Posted by Bruce H. March 28, 10 06:37 PM

why armer robots always appeared on the country except nippon??
they always wanna fight someone?

Posted by glyjin March 28, 10 08:59 PM

As usual, interesting thought provoking choices of photographs. I am curious about your comment in photograph 12. I frequently share your site with my elementary school students. I was disappointed to read your characterization of teachers.

Posted by Kate March 28, 10 09:17 PM

I want to see #30 go against #31, it shall destroy it with a pingpong ball.

Posted by erik March 28, 10 11:36 PM

why isn't Honda's ASIMO in this?

Posted by Jeremy March 29, 10 01:03 AM

this is interesting but isnt it a little far going? i mean with the amputated hand great! if works but not with the war things

Posted by Anonymous March 29, 10 09:44 AM

Skynet, here we come.

And how about Ted Kazinsky with the robot glove in #1.

Posted by Aiden R. March 29, 10 12:38 PM

Can't wait to have a robot wife in place of current romantic interests. Fear the day where people will no longer be able to use their sexuality to get what they want!

Posted by Jeff March 29, 10 12:43 PM

#30 scares me!!

Posted by Carrie March 29, 10 01:31 PM

Looks like SKYNET to me :P

Posted by Henrry March 29, 10 02:00 PM

Sure hope they build them with the robot laws of Asimov in them :)

Posted by Niels March 29, 10 05:56 PM

Even in the US Army there are soldiers with a sense of humor. "Wall-e 1" :D

Watch Dino Crisis 3 movie on youtube part 3 and 4. The android shown there could die.

Posted by CataclysmMansion March 30, 10 02:40 AM

The future is now!

Posted by Joe March 30, 10 05:41 AM

# 6 gives me shivers, reminds me of some video game i played (can't recall the name maybe half-life 2)

Posted by Rohit Sharma March 30, 10 05:55 AM

Your choice of photographs is distressing. The post by Jorge is right on the mark. Photos representative of US robotic work are overwhelmingly tied to military use. Is that really the state of US robotics research? It seems to me that with 14 of the top 20 universities of the world located in the US, there might be a sizable robotics research effort in the US that is not tied to the military.

Posted by William Charles March 30, 10 09:52 AM

It's very interesting, and I was impressed by the robots!

Posted by Mme <Porte March 30, 10 10:04 AM

It's the evolution of the world. Soon the robots will take the place of the human. That's going to be a desasters for the human population. Down with the robots!!!!!
But the World have to progress.

Posted by Cee March 30, 10 10:07 AM

#32 - This is dangerous. .50 Caliber machine guns with no risk of human loss. A preview of WW-III.

Posted by Manny March 30, 10 08:19 PM

#30 Topio was made in Vietnam by Hanoi-based company TOSY!

Posted by huynh March 30, 10 08:30 PM

With more people on this planet that we know what to do with, what is the obsession with making humanoid robots?

Sure, I can see that the guy in the first pic figures it's the only way he'll ever get a date. And evidently, the Japanese think similarly with their overt pursuit of a sex-bot. But, they're designing these things to do tasks that usurp human beings, not aid them.

Robotics that help the disabled or do physically dangerous or soul destroying labor are one thing, but we certainly won't solve our co-existence problems by manufacturing other people (over whom we have total control).

Posted by Barrie April 1, 10 02:59 AM

Topio is very cool robot somebody can say me how it is constructed??

Posted by Serg April 1, 10 08:20 AM

These photos of robots show us a near future.It shows too that the world evolves days after days .

Posted by moineau April 1, 10 11:00 AM

The pictures of robots are very futuristic, these robots are maybe our future world.

Posted by H April 1, 10 11:01 AM

Who will make more pushups? The man or the machine?

Posted by H April 1, 10 11:09 AM

there robots are very incrayable

Posted by 402 April 1, 10 11:11 AM

It's very interesting.........................

Posted by ronna April 1, 10 11:16 AM

The japanese robot it's very beatiful and realiste. She looks very like a real woman. She looks like a friend to me, funny no?

Posted by jacob April 1, 10 11:22 AM

The prime suspect in number 21 is the Riddler.

Posted by TheInquisitor April 1, 10 06:56 PM

I'm guessing they did not find a few coins or a mushroom inside the box in picture 21?

Posted by Dizzysit April 1, 10 07:33 PM

QQQQ number 6 is scary! it looks so post-apocalyptic. QQQQ

That's really treu, I thought the same!!

Posted by Anonymous April 1, 10 11:57 PM

@ comment 42 - AM
Huh? There were Israeli robots?
7 million people and per capita, one of the most destructive forces in the world. Think about that.

Posted by Bryan April 2, 10 11:13 PM

Wow~~It's amazing.

Posted by hee April 3, 10 03:47 AM

All very interesting and a little scary. Johnny #5 is ALIIIVE!!

Posted by KimaLoba April 3, 10 09:55 AM

LMAO. You know some guys who are completely nuts over Japanese Women. They'll definitely *use* that robot.

Posted by Melle April 4, 10 02:06 AM

#21. It's a mario powerup brick. Hit it from below!

Posted by cde April 4, 10 08:40 PM

This is the future of machines

Posted by Atish April 5, 10 01:26 PM

Yes, America uses robots for military purposes, but it makes total sense as it spares the lives of humans who would otherwise have to take on those dangerous tasks. What I don't get is why does Japan constantly develop robots that are basically really fancy 'real-dolls'?

Posted by Eric April 5, 10 04:40 PM

Was the "suspect" in #4 in a wheelchair?

Posted by Varin April 6, 10 02:12 PM

awesome robotic!

Posted by bhest April 7, 10 02:53 AM

its amazing

Posted by dhimal April 8, 10 02:51 AM

robots going to rule the world

Posted by Danoshan April 10, 10 01:01 AM


Posted by Mr.Robot April 10, 10 03:04 AM

I love it -
Western Robots - work in war.
Eastern Robots - play in the arts! LOL!

Posted by Ethan April 11, 10 12:06 AM

Amazing work!

Posted by Kartik Shashank April 14, 10 01:06 AM


Posted by Anonymous April 20, 10 04:58 AM

El hombre no es solamente, materias perfecta en su funcionamiento, sino que ademas, posee la infinita sabiduría del razonamiento y la elección, elogio como máquina para su asistencia... Pero cuidado con que caiga en temas que pueden provocar la esclavitud o su sustitución. Elsa Argentina

Posted by Belsane April 21, 10 09:44 AM

#4 looks like the police have cornered a renegade robot after it killed its human master.

Posted by mike April 22, 10 06:05 PM

Wow, exciting, glorious ,innovating and havocking.

Posted by sourabh August 20, 10 11:05 AM

If this is what we are allowed to see, what robots are we not allowed to see, and are they walking amongst us?

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