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This robot is flexing its circuits and servomotors in pursuit of gold at the first International Humanoid Robot Olympic Games held in Harbin City, China, in June. Along with weightlifting, automatons competed in 24 events, including track and field, dancing, and medical care.
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.