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Atlas robot falling

An Atlas robot operated by a team from the Institute for Human & Machine Cognition topples over at the DARPA Robotics Challenge.

Credit: DARPA Robotics Challenge

At a major robotics competition held in June, several multi-million-dollar robots struggled to perform even simple tasks like climbing a flight of stairs; some even toppled over with what seemed like impeccable comic timing.

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