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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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Takahashi leads Team Osaka, which competes in various robot competitions and events around the world, such as Robocup (robot soccer).
Under similar circumstances, most conventional robots would stop functioning, notes Christoph Adami of the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences in Claremont, Calif.
Controllers utilize a common software architecture that enables the user to communicate with the robot using simple English language commands.
The kids write the program on their computer, they download it to the robot, and then it's hands off," she says.
If any part of a robot's physical design changes, the whole robot must be redesigned from the beginning," says Barakova.
And Andrew, the butler robot Robin Williams plays in Bicentennial Man, suffers two centuries of bigotry and prejudice at the hands of humans who think of him as "just a machine.
I have been asked what happens if the robot destroys a school bus rather than a tank parked nearby," says Johnson, who leads robotics efforts at the Joint Forces Command.
The American military will have these kinds of robots.
Several corporations, including Comcast, Nike and Verizon, are experimenting with conversational robots to deliver service information.