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This 23-year-old robotics prodigy is leading the pack in the driverless truck race

For Alex Rodrigues, it all began with a robot named Muffin. As a junior high school student in Calgary, Alberta, Rodrigues competed and won a world robotics championship in 2009 by assembling the 3-foot-tall robot and programming it to complete a very Canadian task: “Put hockey pucks into a bin in the middle of a field.”

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