A team of robots scans objects on a recycling line, sorting wood from concrete at a rate of 4,000 pieces an hour. The footage is part of a promotional video for Helsinki-based firm ZenRobotics, which believes its technology can help boost recycling rates and divert valuable resources away from landfill.

It reflects an emerging view among some companies that more sophisticated sorting technology has a role to play in bringing our waste crisis under control. The UK, for example, sent £3.8bn worth of resources to the dump in 2014, according to environmental charity the Green Alliance.

In a recent report, Apple said it had started using teams of robots, each with 29 arms, to take apart iPhone 6s in California and the Netherlands, a process it says is more efficient at preserving materials than traditional methods like shredding.

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Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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