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10 Best Robot Videos Ever

We're celebrating National Robotics week, April 4-12, with videos of some of the greatest robots ever made.

DARPA Robotics Challenge Gears Up For Finale
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It is National Robotics Week April 4 to 12, so we're celebrating with a week of special coverage on some of our favorite robots. Yesterday, we covered our 10 favorite robots. Today, we thought it would be fun to show robots in action.

Sometimes, robots sound cooler in theory than they are in real life. You hear that a robot can play soccer. Then you watch it, and it moves in slow motion, barely kicking the ball. We've found 10 robot videos that live up to the hype one way or the other. They all do what they're advertised to do. And they all celebrate an achievement in robots, whether it's sublime speed, strength, or moments of sweet humanity.

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There are also a couple of silly videos, of course. Because what would a celebration of robots be without a dog fighting a robot? Check out our top 10 robot videos and celebrate National Robotics Week with us.

The 10 Best Robot Videos Ever

1. Lifelike robots from Japan. We're not there yet, but we're getting frighteningly close.


2. This precision swarm of robots from Harvard might show why robots really will take over the Earth.


3. Disney will soon let you play catch and even juggle with a robot in its theme parks.


4. Disney had the cute version. This is the version on steroids if you want to see a robot go far beyond human capability.


5. Yes, putting your baby on Roomba is a thing.


6. Apparently we use robots to torment our pets.


7. But sometimes we torment the robot, too!


8. I defy you not to smile at these robots dancing.


9. Of course, sometimes there are frustrations along the way. Not every robot is perfect out of the box.


10. But if everything goes well, this is what you get.


There you have them, folks -- the best robot videos on the Internet so far. But at the speed that robotics is advancing, I'm sure some of these will be surpassed quickly. Which ones are your favorites?

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4/6/2015 | 3:06:37 PM
Re: So many great robots!
@Straustician- I am fearful of something which is starting to happen in developed economies. Realistically, we don't need to employ 95% of us to run the economy. Robots aren't taking jobs so much as we've been making busy work for ourselves for a while. And I wonder how this transition will go to an all robot economy.

It is one thing to have a Star Trek like economy where no one needs to work and we all find our calling to do something interesting. If is another to transition to that. What happens when realistically, we shouldn't have everyone working but we need many to work? What happens if 25% unemployment is the best way to run our economy? How about 50%? How do we get over the idea that those people are "lazy?" How do we re-engineer a society to support people who do other things besides work? We spent the last 60-100 years trying to make an economy to allow women into the workplace (which is wonderful) just in time for a reality where maybe not everyone needs to work.

But at the same time, we have a politcal and economic client that requires everyone to do so. I want us to hurry up and create robots that can take ALL of our jobs. I'm worried when they take half. 
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4/6/2015 | 1:09:17 PM
So many great robots!
Nothing is better on a Monday than seeing lots of awesome robots!  We've seen them being used in key industries for years (auto manufacturing is the first one that comes to mind), and I can only wait to see where we will be in 5 years. Not only do they extend the capabilities of humans, but they are going to make our lives hopefully easier (if they don't steal too many of our jobs). 
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