A little off topic, but I have to say that Australian sci-tech TV show Beyond Tomorrow did a really good job tonight of explaining why Honda's ASIMO robot represents such an innovation. ASIMO has been developing over the last twenty years and the goal is that one day "ASIMO may serve as another set of eyes, ears, hands and legs for all kinds of people in need. Someday ASIMO might help with important tasks like assisting the elderly or a person confined to a bed or a wheelchair. ASIMO might also perform certain tasks that are dangerous to humans, such as fighting fires or cleaning up toxic spills."
Watching ASIMO in action, particulary walking and running, has to be seen to be believed!