Military spending on American robotics is robust, but our war-robot platforms are getting us no closer to a humanoid. Those platforms are purpose-built for bomb defusal and aerial surveillance, and so don’t provide broader opportunities. “Korea and Japan have national strategic initiatives in robotics,” the WTEC group wrote. “In the U.S., Darpa programs”—the chief source of military funding for high-level robots—“are highly applied and short-term oriented, while its support for basic research in robotics has been drastically reduced.”

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