An intelligent robot equipped with emotion-sensing voice detectors was headed to the International Space Station (ISS) after launching from Florida on Thursday, becoming the latest artificial intelligence-powered astronaut workmate in orbit.
Can robots be creative? British gallery owner Aidan Meller hopes to go some way towards answering that question with Ai-Da, who her makers say will be able to draw people from sight with a pencil in her bionic hand.
Some 78 million miles (126 million kilometers) from Earth, alone on the immense and frigid Red Planet, a robot the size of a small 4x4 wakes up just after sunrise. And just as it has every day for the past six years, it awaits its instructions.
Give a man a fish, the old saying goes, and you feed him for a day — teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. Same goes for robots, with the exception that robots feed exclusively on electricity.