Anyone who has ever played "Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots" knows that artificially intelligent machines exist to punch the bejesus out of each other for our viewing enjoyment.
Really, what other uses would we have for one of humanity's greatest scientific accomplishments? Sure, saving lives and cleaning up nuclear disaster zones is great, but how are we supposed to bet on that?
First, let's look at a few examples from our sci-fi pop culture. Up first? The trailer for the upcoming film "Real Steel," which apparently features Hugh Jackman, Kate from "Lost" and Liz Lemon's dentist in supporting roles opposite a bunch of punching machines.