In Pictures: World-saving robots

These human-like robots could be the first responders to major disasters in the future

When disaster strikes… When a deadly earthquake struck Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi in 2011, the nuclear-contaminated site was not safe for humans to work in. To help respond to disasters like that, the Defense Research Advanced Research Projects Agency began the DAPRA Robotics Challenge in an effort to create humanoid robots, and software to control them, that can act semi-independently in disaster areas using tools designed for humans. This is a photo of Atlas, a robot developed by Boston Dynamics that some teams are using to test their robot controlling software. Meet the other robots that could save the world.

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