The Good Robot
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The Robot is a mechanical artificial agent. By its appearance conveys a sense that it has intent of its own. There is no consensus on which machines qualify as Robots, but there is a general agreement among experts and the public that Robots tend to do some or all of the following: move around, operate a mechanical limb, sense and manipulate their own environment , and exhibit intelligent behavior, especially behavior which mimics humans. Stories of artificial helpers and companions and attempts to create them have a long history but fully autonomous machines only appeared in the 20th century. Robots are employed for jobs which are too dirty, dangerous or dull to be suitable for humans. Robots are widely used in manufacturing, assembly and packing, transport, earth and space exploration, surgery, weaponry, laboratory research, and mass production of consumer and industrial goods. People have a generally positive perception of the Robots they actually encounter. Domestic Robots for cleaning and maintenance are increasingly common in and around homes. There is anxiety, however, over the economic impact of automation and the threat of robotic weaponry, anxiety which is not helped by the depiction of many villainous, intelligent, acrobatic Robots in popular entertainment. Compared with their fictional counterparts, real Robots are still benign, dim-witted and clumsy.
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