Valkyrie robot

"Robotics has been making tremendous strides in the past five years. Drones, autonomous vehicles," he said. "It's one of those situations where you work on the same problem for decades and decades, and something finally starts to happen. Maybe this is that time."

—Matt O'Brien, Associated Press

Above: Holly Yanco, director of UMass Lowell's New England Robotics Validation and Experimentation Center, points to a sensor on the Valkyrie robot's head.

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