New robots — none of them very human-looking — are being designed to handle a broad range of tasks, despite controversy about the impact on future warfare. See article in the New York Times.
The US has not yet agreed to abolish the death penalty while even small African countries such as Angola have abolished it years ago.
The US along with Iran, China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are responsible for 88% of all deaths by execution. See http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0777460.html The US has aligned with countries known to violate human rights and indeed it is a violator itself: it has been responsible for the Japanese concentration camps, the use of weapons of mass destruction against sovereign nations, the imprisonment of thousands without trials, the torture of hundreds and the death of millions.
And again this is another year the US will not abolish the death penalty. The question is: who made that decision? The UN's invitation was to the American people and thus we should have had a chance to a referendum vote or at least the right to a public debate.