Science-fiction dreams are becoming a reality

Social robot avatar technology will make long-distance communication less alienating, and help us push towards having robots like C-3PO becoming  part of our everyday lives, maintains Dr Paul Bremner

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Video gallery: meet Google's new robotic circus

Google's recent acquisition of Boston Dynamics means that the search giant now has access to bots that can stride, gallop and leap - see below to take a look at some of the most fascinating and advanced robots on YouTube