A robot from Canada, named hitchBOT, is now touring Germany. Around 1.2 meters tall, it has a face lit up by LEDs and employs speech recognition technology.
Our reporter Christoph Hartmann picked up hitchBOT and took him for a ride through Hamburg.
A number of regional libraries across Australia are out to prove that computer programming can be fun. They're bringing in robots to teach children the skills they'll need to get a job in the high-tech industries of the future.
Staff like this don't have bad days and may be less likely to take umbrage at your more overbearing requests for help: a hotel in Nagasaki in Japan is mainly using robots to look after its guests.
China wants to become a leading high-tech power by 2049. To achieve this goal, Chinese businesses are acquiring firms and know-how in the West. But many industry experts are concerned about the development.
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