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A Wall-E toy reading an e-book
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For a robot waiting in line to pay for its owner's medication, the fastest and most efficient method of getting the medication might be to steal the pills and leave the store without paying.

But as humans, Mark Riedl says, we've decided that's not the right way. Riedl is an associate professor in the Georgia Tech School of Interactive Computing and director of the Entertainment Intelligence Lab.

He's developed a new system to teach robots how to play nice.

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Georgia Tech is building a new lab that would give researchers and students around the country remote access to its robots.

The new lab, nicknamed the “Robotarium,"will be the first of its kind in the country.

Once it's up and running in 2017, it is expected to be home to 100 ground and aerial swarm robots or drones.

Middle school and high school students as well as researchers across the country will be able to use it for experiments, to upload programming code to work with the robots and to watch the robots in real-time.

Roadbot prototype, GDOT
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Researchers at Georgia Tech and the Georgia Department of Transportation have spent more than 10 years developing a robot, called Roadbot, that can seal cracks on major roads and highways. 

Roadbot has lots of body parts – cameras, computers, a machine that melts asphalt and colorful LED lights. It latches onto the back of a pick-up truck.