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robot

a form of programmable automatic machine that performs repetitive PRODUCTION tasks in place of human operatives on a PRODUCTION LINE. Robots can be used for tasks such as welding or spray painting, which can be unhealthy for human operatives to perform, and assembly tasks, which can be performed more rapidly and consistently than by human workers. The use of robots can therefore improve the PRODUCTIVITY of production operations and the QUALITY of products.
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According to him, smaller robots are less vulnerable to accidents.
is very efficient and applicable to a wide range of robots.
Today several Japanese firms, including such recognizable companies as Honda, Toyota, and Mitsubishi, are introducing prototype personal robots that look the part of C3PO, Lucas' "protocol droid.
Over 50 different robot models from pneumatic to servo motor driven axes with a range of controllers from PLC to CNC servo control for applications on molding machines from 20 to 4000 tons.
All the robots in RoboCup Junior are completely autonomous, which means that there are no remote controls," says Elizabeth Sklar.
Dynamic behavior that would enable real-time responses to novel situations and truly independent behavior is still not possible in robots designed to be autonomous.
Robots and other sentient technology have a long genealogy in Hollywood, beginning with Fritz Lang's Metropolis in 1927 and running through Ridley Scott's noir-ish Blade Runner and James Cameron's and the Wachowski brothers' respective Terminator and Matrix franchises.
But well before then, they say, the military must answer tough moral questions if it intends to trust robots with the responsibility of distinguishing friend from foe, combatant from bystander.
Already, robots are digging up bombs in Iraq and serving as scouts and sentries [guards] in other locations.
SmarterChild is among a growing number of online chat robots or "bots"--sometimes called agents--that dispense information through simulating human conversation.