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Rise of the machines

A girl looks at a robotic fish swimming in the water at the World Robot Conference in Beijing, China. REUTERS/Jason Lee

A girl looks at a robotic fish swimming in the water at the World Robot Conference in Beijing, China. REUTERS/Jason Lee

A girl looks at a robotic fish swimming in the water at the World Robot Conference in Beijing, China. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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Visitors take pictures of a bionic flying fox at Festo's booth at the WRC in Beijing, China. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Visitors take pictures of a bionic flying fox at Festo's booth at the WRC in Beijing, China. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Visitors take pictures of a bionic flying fox at Festo's booth at the WRC in Beijing, China. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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Visitors touch the hand of a robot replica of former NBA player Yao Ming at Hefu AI Group's booth at the WRC in Beijing, China. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Visitors touch the hand of a robot replica of former NBA player Yao Ming at Hefu AI Group's booth at the WRC in Beijing, China. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Visitors touch the hand of a robot replica of former NBA player Yao Ming at Hefu AI Group's booth at the WRC in Beijing, China. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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Staff chat next to a P-Care robot at the WRC in Beijing, China. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Staff chat next to a P-Care robot at the WRC in Beijing, China. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Staff chat next to a P-Care robot at the WRC in Beijing, China. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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A bartender robot S-MIX makes a drink at HIT Robot Group's booth at the WRC in Beijing, China. REUTERS/Jason Lee

A bartender robot S-MIX makes a drink at HIT Robot Group's booth at the WRC in Beijing, China. REUTERS/Jason Lee

A bartender robot S-MIX makes a drink at HIT Robot Group's booth at the WRC in Beijing, China. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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iPal social robots, designed by AvatarMind, are seen at an assembly plant in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, China. Designed to offer education, care and companionship to children and the elderly, the 3.5-feet tall humanoid robots come in two genders and can tell stories, take photos and deliver educational or promotional content. REUTERS/Aly Song

iPal social robots, designed by AvatarMind, are seen at an assembly plant in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, China. Designed to offer education, care and companionship to children and the elderly, the 3.5-feet tall humanoid robots come in two genders and...more

iPal social robots, designed by AvatarMind, are seen at an assembly plant in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, China. Designed to offer education, care and companionship to children and the elderly, the 3.5-feet tall humanoid robots come in two genders and can tell stories, take photos and deliver educational or promotional content. REUTERS/Aly Song
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A pizzaiolo robot prepares a pizza before the customer�s eyes at the showroom of French food startup EKIM in Montevrain near Paris, France. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

A pizzaiolo robot prepares a pizza before the customer�s eyes at the showroom of French food startup EKIM in Montevrain near Paris, France. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

A pizzaiolo robot prepares a pizza before the customer�s eyes at the showroom of French food startup EKIM in Montevrain near Paris, France. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
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A woman and Estonian company's Starship local delivery robot cross a street in Saue, Estonia. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

A woman and Estonian company's Starship local delivery robot cross a street in Saue, Estonia. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

A woman and Estonian company's Starship local delivery robot cross a street in Saue, Estonia. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins
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A Husqvarna Automower robotic lawn mower cuts grass outside the Manoir Richelieu, site of the upcoming G7 leaders' summit in Quebec's Charlevoix region, in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

A Husqvarna Automower robotic lawn mower cuts grass outside the Manoir Richelieu, site of the upcoming G7 leaders' summit in Quebec's Charlevoix region, in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

A Husqvarna Automower robotic lawn mower cuts grass outside the Manoir Richelieu, site of the upcoming G7 leaders' summit in Quebec's Charlevoix region, in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
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Sophia, a robot with Saudi Arabian citizenship, interacts during the innovation fair in Kathmandu, Nepal. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Sophia, a robot with Saudi Arabian citizenship, interacts during the innovation fair in Kathmandu, Nepal. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Sophia, a robot with Saudi Arabian citizenship, interacts during the innovation fair in Kathmandu, Nepal. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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A basketball-playing robot called CUE, developed by Toyota engineers, shoots a free throw during a rehearsal for half-time show of Alvark Tokyo's basketball match in Tokyo, Japan. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

A basketball-playing robot called CUE, developed by Toyota engineers, shoots a free throw during a rehearsal for half-time show of Alvark Tokyo's basketball match in Tokyo, Japan. REUTERS/Toru Hanai

A basketball-playing robot called CUE, developed by Toyota engineers, shoots a free throw during a rehearsal for half-time show of Alvark Tokyo's basketball match in Tokyo, Japan. REUTERS/Toru Hanai
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A 'SociBot' humanoid robot, manufactured by Engineered Arts, is displayed at the Viva Technology conference in Paris, France. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

A 'SociBot' humanoid robot, manufactured by Engineered Arts, is displayed at the Viva Technology conference in Paris, France. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

A 'SociBot' humanoid robot, manufactured by Engineered Arts, is displayed at the Viva Technology conference in Paris, France. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier
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Humanoid robot YuMi conducts the Lucca Philharmonic Orchestra performing a concert alongside Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli at the Verdi Theatre in Pisa, Italy. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

Humanoid robot YuMi conducts the Lucca Philharmonic Orchestra performing a concert alongside Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli at the Verdi Theatre in Pisa, Italy. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

Humanoid robot YuMi conducts the Lucca Philharmonic Orchestra performing a concert alongside Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli at the Verdi Theatre in Pisa, Italy. REUTERS/Remo Casilli
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People watch the robot "Teo Tronico", designed by Matteo Suzzi, play piano and sing popular songs at the 2017 World Robot Conference in Beijing, China. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

People watch the robot "Teo Tronico", designed by Matteo Suzzi, play piano and sing popular songs at the 2017 World Robot Conference in Beijing, China. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

People watch the robot "Teo Tronico", designed by Matteo Suzzi, play piano and sing popular songs at the 2017 World Robot Conference in Beijing, China. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Catalan nanotechnology engineer Sergi Santos holds the head of Samantha, a sex doll packed with artificial intelligence providing her the capability to respond to different scenarios and verbal stimulus, in his house in Rubi, north of Barcelona, Spain. REUTERS/Albert Gea

Catalan nanotechnology engineer Sergi Santos holds the head of Samantha, a sex doll packed with artificial intelligence providing her the capability to respond to different scenarios and verbal stimulus, in his house in Rubi, north of Barcelona,...more

Catalan nanotechnology engineer Sergi Santos holds the head of Samantha, a sex doll packed with artificial intelligence providing her the capability to respond to different scenarios and verbal stimulus, in his house in Rubi, north of Barcelona, Spain. REUTERS/Albert Gea
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