And not just for recommending potential Facebook friends, or movies you might like on Netflix. They are starting to impact the physical world. German scientists have created a design algorithm that produces the best possible robot for a specific task... sans human intervention. Like this one:
What's it for? I have no idea, but apparently the algorithm has designed robots for climbing stairs, and swimming, among other things.
It's a bold new, algorithmically generated future, and I, for one, welcome our robot masters.