There is a company called Boston Dynamics who are working on a range of advanced robots, (funded by Darpa). These advanced robots are able to manoeuvre, walk, run and handle extreme conditions.
The next stage is incorporating a self-awareness chip to use as the brain of Atlas
Just to give you a heads up, there is a business under a different name, (funded by Darpa), guess what they are developing? They are working on a system called SyNAPSE. A technical paper on the new chip is available here: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/345/6197/668.full
“SyNAPSE is a DARPA-funded program to develop neuromorphic microprocessor systems that match the intelligence, physical size, and low power consumption of animal brains.” – Artificial Brains
Well there you go; just imagine what it would be like in the future
This is what you call an advancement in technology, I can’t wait to see an actual working prototype in action, ‘without wires and support’.