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While Some Robots Learn to Deliver Pizza, These Are Saving Lives

The Remotec bots were also given the ability to rip open a car, sniff out hazardous chemicals, cut a vest off a suicide bomber, blast an explosive with water to render it safe and fire guns at people. They can see in the dark, climb stairs, communicate with hostages and hostage takers, and lift more than the weight of an average person with ease. In addition to their use in Israel and Iraq by the military, more than 400 police departments in the U.S. have them. Northrop Grumman reckons that number will rise as perceived threats increase, creating demand more powerful and capable robots.

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