An American robotics network is being launched. The network is termed the Robotics Virtual Organization (Robotics VO). The formation of the network is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, but has to be self-sufficient by the end of the first year.
Science fiction is quickly taking a back seat to science fact. Just look at A Roadmap for U.S. Robotics drafted by the country's leading roboticists. By 2030, it says, robots will be everywhere.