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In a scene from the movie Real Steel, actor Hugh Jackman stands ringside, giving last-minute instructions to his fighting robot. Jackman’s character, a former boxer, ends up teaching everything he knows about the “sweet science” to a hulking automaton capable of mimicking his movements and remembering punch combinations.
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Willie Jones is an associate editor at IEEE Spectrum. In addition to editing and planning daily coverage, he manages several of Spectrum's newsletters and contributes regularly to the monthly Big Picture section that appears in the print edition.