Analysts agree Viv's a big step forward if it works as promised, but say it's still early and the system will need to learn to be most effective.
Robots from universities and industry compete to replicate human tasks.
Now the owner of Boston Dynamics, Google rolls in to watch events at the DARPA Robotics Challenge.
An upcoming DARPA robot challenge is focused on developing robots to use tools, climb stairs, and drive cars.
A small, humanoid robot will fly to the International Space Station this summer to take part in the first experiment on conversation in space between a human and a robot.
The research is backed by the U.S. Naval Undersea Warfare Center and the Office of Naval Research, which are looking for self-powering, autonomous robots to do underwater surveillance or to monitor the environment.
Syria suffered another Internet and mobile communications outage that lasted for about 20 hours. Service was restored earlier today.
Internet and mobile communications were shut down on Thursday morning in war-torn Syria.
Google wants to optimize its search pages for its growing base of mobile users, and it's a pretty subtle shift.
While the vice presidential debate Thursday night heated up Twitter, it didn't rock the microblogging site like last week's presidential debate did.