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What Is Robotics The word robot was coined by Karel Capek who wrote a play entitled Rossums Universal Robots back in 1921 The base for this word comes from the Czech word robotnik which means worker In his play machines modeled after humans had great power but without common human failings In the end these machines were used for war and eventually turned against their human creators But even before that the Greeks made movable statues that were the beginnings of what we would call robots For the most part the word Robot today means any man-made machine that can perform work or other actions normally performed by humans What Do Robots Do Most robots today are used in factories to build products such as cars and electronics Others are used to explore underwater and even on other planets Robots can even do jobs that may be dangerous to humans What are Robots Made Of Robots have 3 main components Brain - usually a computer Actuators and mechanical parts - motors pistons grippers wheels gears Sensors - vision sound temperature motion light touch etc With these three components robots can interact and affect their environment to become useful The Impact Of Robotics On Society Since robots are used mainly in manufacturing we see their impact in the products we use every day Usually this results in a cheaper product Robots are also used in cases where it can do a better job than a human such as surgery where high precision is a benefit And robots are used in exploration in dangerous places such as in volcanoes which allows us to learn without endangering ourselves What Are Problems With Robotics Yes there are problems As with any machine robots can break and even cause disaster They are powerful machines that we
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