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"Merriam-Webster describes a robot as a "machine that looks like a human being and performs various complex acts (as walking or talking) of a human being", or a "device that automatically performs complicated often repetitive tasks", or a "mechanism guided by automatic controls".<ref>[http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/robot "Robot". Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Retrieved 2008-08-04] in [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robot Wikipedia: Robot].</ref>
  
 
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Definition

"Merriam-Webster describes a robot as a "machine that looks like a human being and performs various complex acts (as walking or talking) of a human being", or a "device that automatically performs complicated often repetitive tasks", or a "mechanism guided by automatic controls".[1]

Etymology

"From both the Czech and the Slovak robota. First appeared in the 1921 science-fiction play R.U.R. by Karel Čapek after having been suggested to him by his brother Josef".[2]

History

First robots in literature. Wizard of Oz. Rossum's Robots.

References

  1. "Robot". Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Retrieved 2008-08-04 in Wikipedia: Robot.
  2. Wiktionary - Robot