Japan's ageing population and a low labour force growth rate has pushed it to embrace technology at a much faster pace than others.
Elon Musk's Tesla gets into the truck business, while Firefox plans to shake Chrome's dominance with Quantum. The honourable mention goes to Boston Dynamics' jumpy robot, Atlas.
A new exhibition of the 500-year history of robotics paves the way for the imagination of humankind, and stirs debate about the ethical implications and consequences of robotic technology.
The gadget is due on the market next year and designed to give companionship.
In the early hours of July 8 US police used a remote-controlled robot to kill a person for the first time: Micah Xavier Johnson, the 25-year-old ex-soldier who murdered five police officers in Dallas, Texas.
Barclays estimates the global robot market is set to grow 10 times by 2025 as many small and medium-sized companies will reach automation for the first time.
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