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1. A mechanical device that sometimes resembles a human and is capable of performing a variety of often complex human tasks on command or by being programmed in advance.
2. A machine or device that operates automatically or by remote control.
3. A person who works mechanically without original thought, especially one who responds automatically to the commands of others.
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His humanoid robots are known for their fluid motions and sleek appearance.
Designing robots that can adapt to changing environments and can compensate for damage has been a difficult problem," comments neuroscientist Olaf Sporns of Indiana University in Bloomington.
Exclusive Y-free function provides for the programmed release of the strip-axis motor, allowing free movement of the robot arm and load-free ejector tracking.
Two team members were responsible for building the robot and the other two were in charge of programming it.
The company found its solution in a jointed-arm robot, which uses a nozzle to blow loose sand residues out of the counterweight molds and a flood lance to apply the alcohol-based wash.
Design of intelligent robots is the goal of most of Japan's ninety plus robot laboratories, many of which seek to develop humanoid robots that could assist humans in daily tasks.
In Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow Joe Sullivan (Jude Law) and Polly Perkins (Gwyneth Paltrow) uncover a doomsday plot carried out by robots that were simply following orders, and in I, Robot it turns out that a renegade computer is merely trying to obey its human programmer's prime directive.
But many people raise concerns about using robots as soldiers.
While online robots have strong educational applications, there are also bots being developed specifically for K-12 that will teach, tutor, test and even grade essays.