Robots : A Mechanical Or Virtual Artificial Agent

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A robot is a mechanical or virtual artificial agent , usually an electromechanical machine that is guided by a computer program or electronic circuitry , and thus a type of anembedded system .
Robots can be autonomous or semi-autonomous and range from humanoids such as Honda 's Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility (ASIMO ) and TOSY 's TOSY Ping Pong Playing Robot (TOPIO) to industrial robots , medical operating robots, patent assist robots, dog therapy robots, collectively programmed swarm robots , UAV drones such as General Atomics MQ-1 Predator, and even microscopic nano robots . By mimicking a lifelike appearance or automating movements, a robot may convey a sense of intelligence or thought of its own.
The branch of technology that deals with the design, construction, operation, and application of robots, as well as computer systems for their control, sensory feedback, and information processing is robotics . These technologies deal with automated machines that can take the place of humans in dangerous environments or manufacturing processes, or resemble humans in appearance, behavior, and/or cognition. Many of today 's robots are inspired by nature contributing to the field of bio-inspired robotics . These robots have also created a newer branch of robotics: soft robotics .
From the time of ancient civilization there have been many accounts of user-configurable automated devices and even automata resembling animals and humans, designed primarily as…
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