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The image usually thought of by the word robot is that of a mechanicalbeing somewhat human in shape Common in science fiction robots are generally depictedas working in the service of people but often escaping the control of the people anddoing them harm The word robot comes from the Czech writer Karel Capeks 1921 playRUR which stands for Rossums Universal Robots in whichmechanical beings made to be slaves for humanity rebel and kill their creators From thisthe fictional image of robots is sometimes troubling expressing the fears that people mayhave of a robotized world over which they cannot keep control The history of real robotsis rarely as dramatic but where developments in robotics may lead is beyond ourimagination Robots exist today They are used in a relatively small number offactories located in highly industrialized countries such as the United States Germanyand Japan Robots are also being used for scientific research in military programs andas educational tools and they are being developed to aid people who have lost the use oftheir limbs These devices however are for the most part quite different from theandroids or humanlike robots and other robots of fiction They rarely take human formthey perform only a limited number of set tasks and they do not have minds of their ownIn fact it is often hard to distinguish between devices called robots and other modernautomated systems Although the term robot did not come into use until the 20th centurythe idea of mechanical beings is much older Ancient myths and tales talked about walkingstatues and other marvels in human and animal form Such objects were products of theimagination and nothing more but some of the mechanized figures also mentioned in earlywritings could well have been made Such figures called automatons have long beenpopular For several centuries automatons were as close as people came toconstructing true robots European church towers provide fascinating examples of clockworkfigures from medieval times and automatons were also devised in
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