Week in Review: Zune vs. iPod, the future of robots & more

Every now and then we like to have a little fun here at DVICE HQ. (And by fun I mean doing awful, awful things.) This time, we decided to leave out a Zune and an iPod side-by-side to see which one random office passersby would be interested in.

We also asked some of the big minds behind robotics why the heck we don't have protocol droids or terminators yet. Check out our conversations with Carnegie Mellon's James Kuffner, movie robot whiz Matt Denton, and Steve Norris, homemade robot builder extraordinaire.

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