Check out the editable Robotics' subject at World University & School
with the cool Lego Mindstorms NXT as a 'reference,' :)
and a MIT course on Lego Robotics
Here are MIT course photos:
Mindstorms NXT (Lego) is programmable ...
haven't seen many internet robots, for example, adapted avatars in Second Life ...
but I'd like WUaS to excel in Web Robot development, here:
Check out Theo Jansen's incredible creatures in his TED Talk at this WUaS Robotics' page.
How can we end users easily come to script autonomous web robots? ... like building in Second Life, or like editing a Wikipedia page, including cognitively? (See the MIT OCW Cognitive Roobotics' free, open course at the WUAS robotics' page).
Will/would WUaS award a BA Law, Medical or Ph.D. degree to an avatar robot which freely learned the material / did research? Yes.
But such hypothetical avatars with agency are thinking questions - they may be a long time in coming.
See the Richard Rorty avatar examples in this blog vis-a-vis avatar agency.
(http://scott-macleod.blogspot.com/2010/09/swan-take-off-check-out-editable.html - September 26, 2010)