A version of this article appears in the July 7 edition of Aviation Week & Space Technology. With its charter to look far into the future, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is not used to feeling the commercial world nipping at its heels. But the rate of progress in commercial robots is such that the bar is being raised for the Darpa Robotics Challenge (DRC) to propel human-robot collaboration in hazardous disaster zones to new levels. Does this rapid advance mean ...

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