Byline: PHILIP BOOTH CORRESPONDENT
TAMPA -- Robotics research has made great strides in recent decades, with sophisticated electronic machines able to take on tasks ranging from vacuuming a house while the owners are gone, to burrowing deep into the rubble of a fallen skyscraper.
But will two-legged humanoid robots ever have the impulse or the wherewithal to band together and challenge their human inventors, as is suggested by sci-fi thriller "I, Robot"?
That's not within the realm of possibility, said Robin Murphy, director of the Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
"That's been a real …