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A brief introduction to — Robotics

Did You Know?: The term robotics was introduced by writer Isaac Asimov in his science fiction book
I, Robot, published in 1950.

Rosie the Robot from The Jetsons
Rosie the Robot: From the 1962 cartoon that - guessed - what our homes would be like in 2062. Rosie cooked, cleaned and loved her family on The Jetsons.
  Roomba, a robot vacuum cleaner
Roomba: Now we have the Roomba, a household robot that automatically vacuums your home but won't cook you dinner!

Definition of Robotics: Robotics is the field of Computer science is the study of the theoretical foundations of information and computation, and of practical techniques for their implementation and application in computer systems. and engineering concerned with creating robots, a device controlled by a A computer is a machine that manipulates data according to a list of instructions. that can sense, think and act. Robotics is one branch of Artificial intelligence (AI) is both the intelligence of machines and the branch of computer science which aims to create it..

Robotic Applications: Robots are programmed to explore and manipulate the environment they work in. Robots are now widely used in factories to perform high-precision jobs such as welding and riveting. They are also used in special situations that would be dangerous for humans — for example, cleaning toxic wastes or defusing bombs.

Today there are 800,000 'working' robots. Some of the most advanced robots available today are being used to determine if there is or ever was a form of water on the planet Mars. While these robots explore Mars, a Carnegie Mellon University robot, Zoe, is working in the desert. Zoe works to find forms of life that are not visible to the human eye. As you might imagine, eventually scientists want to send a similar robot to Mars.

Japan is the most robot-friendly nation and nearly half of the robot 'workforce' is in Japan. There, robots have many jobs ranging from cleaning up a room to greeting and entertaining guests. A  A prototype is an original type, form, or instance of something serving as a typical example, basis, or standard for other things of the same category. for a babysitting robot is in the works that will even quiz kids on their homework!

Pittsburgh Connection: Pittsburgh has been dubbed - Roboburgh - and includes Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute which is the largest research institute of its kind in the United States. The Robot Hall of Fame has a permanent home in roboworld, at Carnegie Science Center.  roboworld is the largest and most extensive permanent robotics exhibit in the world.

Robotics terms include:
Intelligent Design  •  Industrial robots are used for manufacturing or making goods for sale. Typical applications of robots include welding, painting, ironing, assembly, pick and place, packaging and palletizing, product inspection, and testing, all accomplished with high endurance, speed, and precision.  •  A humanoid robot is a robot with its overall appearance based on that of the human body. A humanoid robot is an autonomous robot because it can adapt to changes in its environment or itself and continue to reach its goal. This is the main difference between humanoid and other kinds of robots. In this context, some of the capacities of a humanoid robot may include, among others:
 - self maintenance (recharge itself)
 - autonomous learning (learn or gain new capabilities without outside assistance, adjust strategies based on the surroundings and adapt to new situations)
 - avoiding harmful situations to people, property, and itself
 - safe interacting with human beings and the environment.
Artificial Intelligence  •  Intelligent Machine  •  Robo
Ai is short for artificial intelligence.  •  Computer Science  •   Robotic Devices

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