Take a look at BigDog and his amazing robot pals in this link to the New York Times.  Or, if you love cute and cuddly, you should check out Paro.

I hope that the creators of these robots are heeding the three laws of robotics, as stated by Isaac Asimov in his 1950 classic, I, Robot:

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.Handbook of Robotics. 56th Edition. 2058 AD

If that knocked your socks off, be sure to read our next cool topic: Shanghai. And if you want to peruse all of the previous sock-knocking blog entries, visit the Knocked My Socks Off archive. (links to another blog site)

Asimov I. I, Robot. New York: Gnome Press; 1950.