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These are not the robots we were promised

Whether real or fictional, robots hold a mirror up to society. Some 35 million Americans now use diminutive, talking computers - more than twice the number of just a year ago, according to estimates by eMarketer.

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FROM the moment we humans first imagined having mechanical servants at our beck and call, we've assumed they would be constructed in our own image.

Outfitted with arms and legs, heads and torsos, they would perform everyday tasks that we'd otherwise have to do ourselves....