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Warehouse robots getting better at sorting things out

Amazon competition challenges robots to face unknowns

A robot developed by Panasonic and the Nara Institute of Science and Technology picks up a spool of adhesive tape.

TOKYO -- The competitors at a global tournament for warehouse robots last month showed off some surprising advances in artificial intelligence and other state-of-the-art technologies.

Leading multinationals and research institutions brought their next-generation robots to the Amazon Robotics Challenge, hosted by the big internet company perhaps best known for its shopping site.

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