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Though many don't know it, artificial intelligence is part of our daily lives. From cars to Google to smartphones, its commercial use is growing rapidly.

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A man talks to RayTron's household robot, Chapit. The robot responds to words it recognises with facial expressions, gestures and its own rudimentary sentences. At the moment, it is marketed as a sort of verbal universal remote for home electronics.

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Rustom, the unmanned drone from India, completes a maiden test flight as part of the country's efforts to reduce military imports. The drone has a maximum flight time of 15 hours and is a prototype that the military intends to develop into more advanced models. India has accelerated military procurement, including the purchase of drones, since the 2008 attacks in Mumbai by Islamist gunmen which left 166 people dead.

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A Google employee holds up a mobile phone to demonstrate how the new Goggles application recognises Big Ben as seen from Westminster Bridge in central London. The new application recognises millions of objects and landmarks all over the world after they have been photographed on a mobile phone.

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The Volvo S60 has a radar-controlled pedestrian avoidance system applies the brakes even if a driver doesn't. Several publicized tests of the system have resulted in embarassing failures for Volvo, however.

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Honda's Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility, or Asimo, can walk smoothly, kick a soccer ball, and climb stairs. Engineers hope artificially intelligent robots will one day work in hospitals or on dangerous jobs, like fighting fires.

Paul Sancya/AP

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A Heron pilotless spy drone, operated by the Canadian military, sits in a hangar at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan. The drones provide surveillance for coalition troops on the ground. Canada doesn't own its own drones, but may acquire them in the future, according to officials.

Bill Graveland/The Canadian Press

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Jeopardy! contestant Ken Jennings, who won a record 74 consecutive games, refers to IBM's Watson during a taping of the show. The computer is the size of 10 refrigerators. Watson played a competitive practice round against two Jeopardy! champions. IBM hopes the supercomputer will have applications in healthcare.

Seth Wenig

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