Updated: 01/31/2019 by Computer Hope

A robot may refer to any of the following:

A robot.1. Robot is a term coined by Karel Capek in the 1921 play RUR (Rossum's Universal Robots). It is used to describe a computerized machine designed to respond to input received manually or from its surroundings. Today, robots are commonly used to perform repetitive and often difficult tasks, such as building cars or computer equipment.

AI (artificial intelligence) is a growing industry and the technology is being incorporated into multiple areas of other technology, including computers and robots. Some day, robots may be able to think for themselves and be able to act similar to how humans act, due to AI.

Those interested in robots often enter the field of robotics that deal with everything that goes into making a robot. Those interested in the field of robotics should be familiar with Asimov's Laws, created by Isaac Asimov. More formally known as the Three Laws of Robotics, Asimov incorporates the laws into all of his fictional books, governing how robots are developed and programmed to operate. Many people today consider these laws to be applicable in the real world as well, not just in the fictional world. The Three Laws of Robotics, as quoted from Asimov's writings, are as follows:

  1. First Law of Robotics — A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. Second Law of Robotics — A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. Third Law of Robotics —A robot must protect its own existence, as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

2. The term robot is also used to describe software or a program designed to perform tasks automatically.

3. On the Internet, a web robot or robot describes a spider.

4. Robot is another way of describing bots.

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