Robot madness

When some people think about robots, they fear the worst: machines on an unstoppable march toward global domination. Bots may not be taking over yet, but this year was a big year for our mechanical cousins — from being able to hunt or feel pain, robots picked up some impressive new skills in 2016. Here’s a roundup of some of the coolest (or scariest, depending on how you feel) abilities machines added to their repertoire in the last year.