nice thoughtful piece on robots in latest granta by steven hall, (not online obv :slanted
er sorry to raise the tone a little there i only read the 1st 1/2 & he probably gets onto robobestialism later on...
My flatmate just got a job designing the control architecture for an autonomous blimp. It's about a meter long, has a camera on it and it flys around and finds things for you. Or at least it will. It's a pretty sick job.
Personally I think his number 1 priority should be recreating this: