Artificial Intelligence: Forging The Future: Rise of the Machines

These visionaries are making robots that can perform music, rescue disaster victims and even explore other planets on their own

THE BIONIC ENGINEER DRIVING SCHOOL ON MARS

Television critics will tell you that The Bionic Woman was just another cheesy '70s sci-fi series, but for Ayanna Howard it was a springboard to a career. When she was 12 years old, she became so captivated by the show's cyborg premise that she started reading books that reaffirmed the concept of integrating machines with humans. A thousand reruns and an electrical-engineering Ph.D. later, she's creating robots that think like humans for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "The Bionic Woman showed real, brilliant people giving life through bionics," says Howard, now 32. "I figured I...

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