In the future, robots might take our jobs, our roads and perhaps even our lives, but a dystopian future filled with Terminator-style machines isn't inevitable. In the April issue of BBC Focus magazine we investigate the real-life robocops, which could revolutionise law and order.
In the new BBC Four documentary The Galaxy Britain Built: Droids, Darth Vader and Lightsabers, David Whiteley discovers why Star Wars, probably the greatest sci-fi of all time, really is the best of British.
As artificial intelligence starts to surpass our own intellect, robotics experts warn us of the risks of autonomous weaponry. So how human should we make machines and will we know when it is time to stop?
Robots have revolutionised industry, medicine and space travel, but they haven't always had such lofty ideals - here are a few retro robots doing everyday tasks.