The 1950s promised we'd all have our own Jetsons-style house robots by the beginning of the 21st century. We might not be there yet — Roombas don't count — but robots are playing an increasingly important role in human society at large. The Atlantic has compiled a photo essay with some of the most important and impressive examples of modern robotics that includes the Mars rovers, landmine-clearing eels, bionic hands, and an otherworldly baby-thing with soulless black eyes.