Although this image was captured during police and armed forces exercises in Sweden, it contains a strong message about our common future. The machine is an explosive ordnance disposal robotā€”and itā€™s searching a mockup home.

Equipped to search for homemade bombs using sensors and remote cameras, the robot can act on behalf of the authorities. Thereā€™s no reason it couldnā€™t take on many of the search operations currently performed by humans. In fact, itā€™s already learned to knock at your front door.

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[Photo: Jimmy Croona/Fƶrsvarsmakten]

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