They were designed and built at a tremendous cost in order to keep our soldiers out of harm's way whenever possible. They've saved countless lives - both military and civilian, but they've never received a medal or a commendation or even a simple care package from a loved one.
That's because they're unthinking, unfeeling robots - but thanks to the efforts of a growing number of soldiers, some will receive a proper funeral.
Bomb disposal bots are simply high-tech tools, but according to the men and women who work with them every day, they can seem to develop personalities all their own. The Atlantic reports:
Their personalities, however, aren't so much developed as they're imposed by their human minders. In the heat of battle, and in the chaos of war zones, soldiers, it seems, tend to humanize their robotic aides. They develop emotional attachments to the machines that put themselves in harm's way so the humans don't have to.