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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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 on 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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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 ...
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Where did non NS5 robots get their updates from?

In I, Robot, one of the most important features of the new NS5 is their ability to download updates from USR daily. Simple question then - where did the previous generations of robots get their ...
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Late 70's / Early 80's Sci Fi Mystery Show

This is going to be a very vague description I am afraid. The show in question was a whodunnit. Each episode was a murder / mystery where a very stylised alien robot killed or committed some other ...
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Trying to ID film based on poster; robot or cyborg themed?

Back in the early to mid 90s, I saw this video at Blockbuster all the time and thought it looked interesting; but it also looked "scary" and I knew my overprotective mom would never let me rent it. ...
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Book about Shakespeare and Churchill as a robot

I am looking for the name of a book; the details are as follows: It is set in London William Shakespeare and Winston Churchill are characters who turn out to be androids They are responsible for ...
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Novel with robot-made human starfish

I'm trying to remember a novel I read in the late 1980s or early 1990s. Earth has been taken over by a robotic culture that has destroyed almost everything animal, vegetable, or human. A small number ...
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Can a robot doubt the sayings of a human?

I am currently reading Asimov's The Robot Series. I have read The Caves of Steel and now I'm reading The Naked Sun. In these two books, Elijah orders (on a couple of different occasions) R. Daneel to ...
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Cartoon with 4-5 robots with “special powers” on Saturday mornings in the US in the mid-80s

Does anyone remember a cartoon with 4-5 humanoid robots on Saturday morning in the mid-80s. As far as I can remember, they had "powers" to zap things and maybe fly but I don't remember much of the ...
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Short story about a robot who finds the last human in the solar system?

The main thrust of the story is that a robot finds what may be the last human in the solar system. He then attempts to "repair" the person (robot fashion) when the human complains about the low ...
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If a robotic body could be manufactured, could sentient beings be transported from the holodeck?

From what I understand of the holodeck, sentient beings cannot leave it because they are sentient. If a robotic body (like Data's perhaps) could be manufactured and the program downloaded into this ...
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Lost In Space Robot self-defense mechanism

In one of the very early LIS episodes, Dr Smith insults the Robot, and he gives a warning that he is activating his self-defense mechanisms. I can understand the need for this in protecting the ...
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Lost in Space Robot emotional transformation

At the beginning, the robot is very much limited to his programming, a wealth of knowledge, but not expressing himself all that well - very logical and law-obeying with simple answers ...
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Is it likely that there was an organic civilisation on Cyberton before the Transformers?

In the Transformers movie universe, from what I understand from the first movie: The 'Allspark' could give machines something like a soul or free will or artificial intelligence. From what I ...
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Story about clockwork mice?

I'm looking for a story I read about 20-30 years ago in a short story collection. It involves a man who builds a machine that looks like a large coffin, filled with clockwork gears. I can't recall if ...
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Real life R2-D2? [closed]

Given the current state of technology and recent developments in robotics, computing & AI, do you think it is possible to build a working R2-D2, or R-series droid today given unlimited money, time ...
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If Optimus and Megatron came to Earth 4 million years ago, why are the Transformers' robots forms so humanoid?

Why are the Transformers' robot forms so "humanoid"? I understand why their vehicle modes are cars and airplanes: Transformers (or at least, Teletraan I) can scan any vehicle, and then transform into ...
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a children's book- robot in family as a domestic help

A book I read as a 7-8 year old, back in '96-'98. It was a family which had a robot as a help. The baby drank a particular brand of milk that I don't remember. And the robot was programmed to feed the ...
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Short story about a robot who wants to become a writer

I don't remember much about it, but I remember reading it about 5-8 years while on an Asimov kick. It may be one of his stories, but I cant remember names/places. All I can remember is that the main ...
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Which TV series was the first to feature a human-looking android in a recurring role?

I'm looking for the first show that repeatedly placed a human on screen in the role of a mechanical man/woman that looks like a regular person without obvious "I'm a robot" make up. Secret robot ...
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I'm looking for the title of a sci fi film about a killer robot

I’m desperately trying to find the title of a film, but all of my online searches come up with nothing (it definitely exists though!) The film's set in the future in space. The synopsis seems to be ...
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Seeking to find a children's scifi series from mid-1980s

The first sci-fi I ever read was in the middle school library (appr 1988), and to be honest I was amazed it was even there, given the size of the library. It could have fit into a McDonald's ...
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Self-replicating Robot Spiders attempt to take over a Starship

I don't really remember a lot about this show, other than that there was a swarm of self-replicating robot spiders that tried to take over a starship. I believe at some point several crew members ...
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Story where a 0 - law of robotics is introduced (the good of humanity)

I read a story which should should have been published at least 40 years ago, which was probably (though I'm not absolutely sure) Asimov's. The book tells the story of - beware, spoilers ahead - I ...
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What movie features a human-controlled robot wearing a clown outfit?

I'm trying to remember a movie I saw as a kid. Here's what I remember: A guy controls a robot by wearing a device. The robot mimics his movements exactly, so if the guy is walking down the street ...
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Why don't more droids remove their restraining bolts?

In "Downfall of a Droid" (S01E06 of The Clone Wars), R2-D2 is captured by a Trandoshan trader, who puts a restraining bolt on him and puts him in a storage bay of sorts. However, R2-D2 simply nudges ...
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Why did people think Data was a Frenchman?

When Data goes back in time to the old west in Time's Arrow, his strange appearance is noted by the denizens, and one asks him if he is a Frenchman. He responds in the affirmative, and later offers ...