One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A machine capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically, especially one programmable by a computer.
- ‘They are using a robot named SAM in some cities in the States to lay fiber-optic cables underground.’
- ‘Science and design also are brought together with interactive robots and large-scale computer graphics.’
- ‘He quickly loaded it, associating the robot arm controller object with the program.’
- ‘On her first flight Chawla was responsible for operating the shuttle's robot arm.’
- ‘This robot should be able to go 40 or 50 kilometers, and really determine if there's life on Mars and what kind of life there really is.’
- ‘However I called Julie the AMTRAK Robot and learned that Train 97 was running about 47 minutes late.’
- ‘Now that robots and computer simulations are replacing bench science, architects are giving researchers new laboratory environments that facilitate the exchange of ideas and bring together experts of many disciplines.’
- ‘Another robot grabs and places a wooden pallet, then lays down a cardboard slip sheet before stacking cases two at a time for a total of 40 on each pallet, which are then stretchwrapped.’
- ‘For adults, it seems like robot vacuums and iPods are getting a lot of play.’
- ‘In constructing the mobile robots to explore Mars' surface, the program involves a curriculum unit and a contest.’
- ‘The body shop uses programmable robots with fixed tooling.’
- 1.1 (especially in science fiction) a machine resembling a human being and able to replicate certain human movements and functions automatically.
- ‘He has suggested that robots with artificial intelligence will gain consciousness, supercede human intelligence, and ultimately become autonomous.’
- ‘In the play, the robots, having acquired human emotions, rebel against their servile status and destroy their masters.’
- ‘Whether such a robot could sustain for years the complex of attitudes and behaviors constitutive of a parent's love for a child is difficult to say.’
- ‘The new NS 5 Automated Domestic Assistant carries out all your household chores, and robots also collect garbage, deliver packages, walk dogs.’
- ‘Somewhere along the line, he stopped fighting for the robots and tried to protect the humans from them.’
- ‘In this movie, the kids use their knowledge of the human skeleton, joints, and muscles to build a robot.’
- ‘The film was very funny, with a young punk kid teaching an emotionless robot how to be more human, creating many funny and moving moments.’
- ‘Thirty-one years from now, in 2035, there is one robot for every five human beings.’
- ‘We still need men to hunker down inside the killing machines, still dream of the day robots will do our bidding so we never need to bloody our hands.’
- ‘Some of the best science fiction is not necessarily about robots and giant monsters - although I love those too.’
- ‘We will see a time where humans and robots coexist without complicated interpersonal family issues or blind machine prejudice.’
- ‘The robots are chunky mechanized human figures of the sort that have long delighted little children on both sides of the Pacific.’
- ‘Mike was happy to demonstrate a 4-foot robot made of mostly car parts that wailed its arms when controlled by remote.’
- ‘A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders conflict with the first law.’
- ‘Even if a robot can love humans, can humans learn to love them back?’
- ‘They also meet and fight Hakaider, an android that looks more robot than human with his exposed brainpan.’
- ‘When a scientist is murdered, apparently by a robot, detective Del Spooner, is asked to investigate, even though such a crime would violate the Laws of Robotics, which state that a robot can never harm a human being.’
- ‘As we discover near the film's conclusion, he has apparently developed an ability to create the robots based on pre-existing human forms.’
- ‘It's something that robotics types call the Uncanny Valley, when a robot crosses over from seeming machinelike but hasn't yet achieved true human qualities.’
- ‘The stunts are staged to increase the spectacle, so that when cars pile into each other or toy robots battle, there is an intricate detail and near artistic quality.’
- 1.2 Used to refer to a person who behaves in a mechanical or unemotional manner.‘public servants are not expected to be mindless robots’
- ‘The lead character changed physically, reinforcing his point that no matter what physical changes we can undergo we're all just genetically programmed robots here.’
- ‘Movies are not computers, and we're not robots, though the industry likes to think that.’
- ‘People cannot do that unless they're living in a dictatorship and want to be dictated to behave like robots.’
From Czech, from robota ‘forced labor’. The term was coined in K. Čapek's play R.U.R ‘Rossum's Universal Robots’ (1920).
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