Robots are re-programmable, multifunctional manipulators designed to move materials,
parts, tools, or specialized devices through variable programmed motions for the performance
of a range of tasks.
Science-fiction author Isaac Asimov developed Three Laws of Robotics in a short story titled Runaround he wrote in the 1940s. Asimov's laws include:
The origin of the term robot is from a science fiction book and a play written by Karel Capek. The book is titled Valka s Mloky (War with the Newts) and the play is titled R.U.R (Rozuma Univerzalni Roboti) [rozum means wisdom] (Rozum's Universal Robots). The Czech word robota means drudgery or compulsory labors.
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