A robot is a virtual or mechanical artificial agent. In practice, it is usually an electro-mechanical machine which is guided by computer or electronic programming, and is thus able to do tasks on its own.

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how was R. Daneel Olivaw's skin manufactured?

R. Daneel Olivaw had such realistic skin that he was able to live and work as a human being even though he was secretly a robot. What was Daneel's skin made of? And how was his skin manufactured? ...
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Little boy with robotic gloves attached to one hand. What's the name of the show?

He was wondering or exploring, I don't know. He came into a place like a crash scene with a big dead robot - not that big, a little bit bigger than a human - and the boy had some kind of pet or robot ...
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ID Story: A robotic storyteller that is sentient

I'm fairly sure this is an Asimov short story, but I can't actually find the name of it. A group of kids has a robot that tells stories. They are mean to it, and generally abuse the thing. At the end ...
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Trying to find title of book where a robot has a bomb in it

After considerable research, I have been unable to identify this book. I'm trying to find a book that I read ages ago (and have subsequently misplaced) that seems impossible to find because it has a ...
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Looking for name of sci-fi book and author: “father” of robots from 60s or 70s

Any avid sci-fi readers around? A while back, I was working in a max security hospital. I came across a book, and started reading it during down time. It was a collection of short stories themed with ...
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Goofy looking alien robots lose a “Kleptonite Ball” towed behind their spacecraft

I remember watching this on TV in the United Kingdom in the late 1970s or early 1980s. I only saw one episode, and the ending resolved very little, leading me to believe that it was a pilot for a TV ...
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Need help identifying this robot from a cardboard cutout

My neighbor has this large cardboard cutout of a robot with a chicken burger, obviously part of some fast food ad campaign. I'm curious to know if the robot in question is from some specific work, ...
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80s Cartoon with Robots that have Human partners unlocking abilties

What I remember: early - mid 80s cartoon white(?) robots/mechs "Family" of robots one of the "kid" robots was oval in shape with long legs Family/Team of Humans were also on the planet, but ...
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Book Identification: Cyborg… Mercenary.. Space routes maybe

I am trying to identify a book based on a few scattered details. There is a cyborg bounty hunter and/or mercenary that experiences some form of discomfort with his cybernetics (possibly the ...
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In the climax of “The Mechanical”, why does Jax not do this?

In Ian Tregillis's book The Mechanical, towards the climax, Jax is in the New Amsterdam forge when he is attacked by various Stemwinders and servitors. At one point, Jax uses the piece of glass to ...
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Who is the model for Callaghan in Big Hero 6?

Background: Professor Callaghan is the head of the robotics program at the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology. It is later revealed that He is described (decently, IMO) in the Disney Wiki as: ...
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YA Novel where the main characters family have been replaced by impostors

There's not much I remember about the book. I know it has a green cover, the hardback version anyway. The green is almost shiny with vertical lines, sort of like the matrix. This could be way off, ...
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How were later robots able to emotionally harm humans?

In the short story Liar!, part of I, Robot, a crucial plot point is that Herbie, the mind-reading robot, was bound by First Law not to harm humans, and being that he understood emotions, this included ...
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Solaris (novel, 2011 English translation) Why were the automats locked up?

In the novel 'Solaris', by Stanslaw Lem, Kris Kelvin notices that the automats are all missing after he arrives on Solaris Station. He questions Snaut about this, but the latter refuses to explain. ...
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Need help identifying scifi short story about boy getting lost after unknowingly boarding a spacecraft

Can't remember what this story was called/where I read it. I am fairly sure it was part of a collection of other stories Rough Plot (details are sketchy and possibly wrong so bear with me): Young ...
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Short utopic story where robots “save” the humanity

I am looking for a short story about a scientist who invents self replicant robots with one goal - to save humanity (in other words prevent humans from killing themselfs); but this simple condition ...
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Is there a violation of the First Law of Robotics in “Robot Visions”?

I'm currently reading Isaac Asimov's Robot Visions. I read I, Robot a while ago, and it was nice to see Susan Calvin, Robbie, and the rest again :) The first and eponymous story of the collection, ...
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Short story with a mechanical fly

Trying to identify a short story from some long-forgotten collection with multiple authors. All I really remember is a man attempting to swat a fly that landed on him...when a blue flame shoots out ...
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Scifi horror on spaceship/station with killer robot [closed]

This is going to sound ridiculous because I remember so little of it, but when I was a kid (<10) I remember seeing this movie where these people are stuck on a spaceship or space station and are ...
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Name of the SciFi book where boy finds a crash-landed robot spaceship

I am looking for the author / title of a short illustrated story about a robot (humanoid form) that crash-landed on planet earth and a boy finds the wreck. He climbs into it and goes up to the head ...
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Old giant robot movie where an (ejected) pilot fires a discarded robot fist by connecting wires

I saw it very early in my childhood, between about 20-25 years ago. Live action People were piloting giant robots (can't remember just how big) I believe they were moving their feet and hands ...
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Sci-Fi/Horror movie possessing robot with long neck

I'm trying to identify a sci-fi/horror film from the late 70's or 80's. It was live-action and takes place mainly on a spaceship or station. The film is very dark with a vibe similar to Alien (1979). ...
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What 90's horror movie has a robot living on ceiling in house and turns evil?

I've been looking to find the title of this horror movie for years. I'm destined to figure it out! Here's what I know: A family living in a large house decides to install a helper robot. It lives ...
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Help identify a book containing SIGNET

I have a scrap of paper upon which I wrote some cryptic notes about a book I was reading. Unfortunately, I failed to record anything that would help me identify the book. The notation most likely to ...
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Trying to find a book called The Game

So I read this book about 4 years ago in my middle school English class and I haven't been able to find it since. It is titled The Game, but that's not its original title. I cannot remember the ...
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1990s anime with Spaceship shaped like a white dragon and has guardian manned robots?

I have been trying to figure out the name of an a 1990s anime. It had a spaceship with the last remaining members of an alien humanoid race and their Princess. Not quite sure about this part but I ...
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Why do Gundam robots have eyes anyway?

So, for the longest time, I assumed the mobile suits in Gundam had cameras in their eyes for the pilot to see from inside the closed cockpit. However, I learned that, in fact, the camera was in the ...
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Anime style cartoon - 4 characters on a planet with giant oval floating robots looking for them - 1989 or before

I have been trying to find a cartoon I watched as a kid. It was shown on Sky Movies (UK) in 1989 or 1990 in the kids cartoons slot on Sky Analogue. It featured a team of four characters, possibly ...
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Anime about space robot assassin on ship

It's around 15 or more years old. A lone female on a ship alerted to intruder. There is a very dangerous robot that has a wide/asian/farmer hat. She fights it until the ship crashes on a planet. I ...
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What’s the top-right robot on Wirdou’s “These aren't the droids we are looking for” shirt?

The artist Wirdou made this great tee shirt design where there are two storm troopers standing in front of a bunch of robots from movies and TV. I can identify all of the robots but one. (Image ...
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Looking for a short comic story about a robot trying to save a human pilot but bound by the 3 laws

I remember reading this short comic about 2 years ago. The look of the book seemed pretty new. I remember that it was a hard-cover comic. The picture on the cover was the robot with some kind of a ...
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What story has a robot that gains psychic power after direct exposure to hyperspace?

I'm looking for a story I read about twenty-five or thirty years ago, in a book I got in a second-hand store. I don't remember the title of the book, which had a number of short stories in it, but in ...
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Phoebus declaration from the book “Stories of Ibis”

After reading the book The Stories of Ibis, I was curious if the author has ever published a full version of the declaration of Phoebus, the speech that the android Phoebus held when asked to express ...
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Movie Identification: Fugitive robots chased by military robot

I'm trying to track down a movie I remember from my youth. The movie was live-action, color, and would have been from the late 70's or 80's. The plot centers around two humanoid robots, a "male" and ...
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need help finding the name of a series - human character with the ability to dissolve and impersonate others [duplicate]

There was a series of novels about humans fighting against machines where one of the characters had the ability to take the place of other humans by dissolving them and taking their place. At one ...
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The title of an SF where a robot became conscious and a friend of a boy?

When I was an elementary school student back in the late 80's through early 90's, I was forced to read some books as vacation assignments. There are some books which I still remember I liked, but I ...
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Science Fiction short story(-ies) about a person who is arrested by a robot for being outside at night

When I was in high school, I read a book of short stories, I think it was sci-fi. It was about a man who I think was the one of the last human beings on Earth. The story ends something like this... ...
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Story about a young girl raised/created by robots

The story mentions the three laws of robotics, but I can't find it in the list of Asimov's stories in Wikipedia. I read it about a decade ago. Humans have been extinct (possibly left the earth) for a ...
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How much would/did it cost to create Robocop?

How much money (USD-$) did it cost (or theoretically would have costed) Omni Consumer Products to build and create Robocop?
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What is the inspiration or precedent for the mechanical design of TARS from Interstellar?

TARS is a highly-adaptable robot that can operate in many configurations depending on the need at hand. What's the precedent or inspiration?
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Please help identifying short story about robots and a statue of a child [duplicate]

*I read this short story in a Sci-Fi collection when I was in middle school in the early 1980's. My school had a lot of older collections from the 60's and 70's. The setting is a post-war earth where, ...
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Are the B1 battle droids in Star Wars self-aware?

They're so stupid and funny, they don't act like the cold-blooded robots in Terminator at all... so I first thought that they must be conscious. But then I realized that the Jedi mercilessly kill ...
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Animatied Sci Fi, aired in mid 80's on Nickelodeon channel in USA; actual movie may be European

This film has been on eating at my brain for quote some time. Hope someone can help. The story was fit for kids, but also epic in scope. It involved a group of main characters that was caught in the ...
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What sci-fi short story featured a man waking up from stasis several times over millennia?

I read this story in a sci-fi anthology in the mid 90s, but I remember thinking the book looked pretty old by then. The story is about a man who wakes up from stasis / cryogenic sleep in the future, ...
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Scientist builds monitoring robot

Anyone remember a movie about a scientist who builds a mysterious android/robot (of alien design) that ends up monitoring all Earth's communications to "help" our planet solve its problems? Maybe from ...
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Utopia of children brought up by robots

I am looking for the title of a science-fiction book describing a colony (utopia) on another planet that has been established as a social experiment. The inhabitants had been brought up only by robots ...
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Short story about robots wearing out and 'dying'

I am looking for the name of a short story, maybe from the early 1950's. I tried most famous authors without success. Plot: all humans are extinct after a great war (decades ago). Fighting robots ...
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Story about a dying man on an asteroid, accompanied by a robot/android

Sometime between seventh and eighth grade I stumbled upon a story which stuck with me, even though I forgot the title and the author. As far as I can remember, the story went that this ...
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60's or earlier SF short story robot learns to play piano

I read this one back in the late 60's. A retired musician gets a robot butler to help out around the house. The robot is curious about music, so the retired musician teaches the robot how to play ...
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Looking For A Groovy Story I Read As A Child

Everyone! I am looking for a story I read as a child that I have never forgotten. I believe it was in some kind of anthology or magazine, possibly OMNI, because my parents used to subscribe to that ...