The 21st century has so far been a golden age for robotics. Drones, fledgling artificial intelligence, machines capable of four-legged and bipedal walking, emerging autonomous vehicles – it’s all happening, and very quickly. But the challenge of building robots to take over the most dangerous jobs in the world might not be met in our lifetimes. Decision-making may always be something humans have to do – especially in life and death scenarios.

Robotic fire fighter