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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Short story about a space pilot trapped in a “Hab” by a robot

Dying to find this story I read in the lates 70s or 80s. A fighter pilot from a space battle crashes and takes refuge in a Hab or pod meant for emergencies. Unfortunately, every time he moves, the ...
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Looking for a short story: robot making other robots

A friend of mine is trying to track down a short story that her dad enjoyed decades ago, with a view to buying the book for his birthday. It's a comedy, and the plot follows a guy who assembles a ...
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Old science-fiction movie about killer bipedal robots in a desert

There is one movie I remember I watched as a kid but can't remember the name. I don't think it was block-buster, but you could rent it on VHS during the 90s. It involves killer bipedal robots in some ...
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Why didn't the T-1000 wait for John Connor at his foster parents' house?

In the CinemaSins video titled Everything Wrong With Terminator 2: Judgment Day, some interesting questions are given concerning how the T-800 initially tries to find John Connor in Los Angeles. ...
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How were the swords made safe to humans?

In the film "Westworld" (1973) starring Yul Brynner, it's shown that the firearms in Westworld will not fire on humans because they contain a heat sensor, allowing the gun to fire if pointed at a cold ...
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80's Scifi Show with Egyptian looking flying robots

Does anyone remember an 80's or early 90's TV show with Egyptian looking flying robots in it? It was on the Super Channel in the UK. It was primitive looking CGI in the computer game style of the time?...
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Animated film where protagonists travel to the future and save a robot-enslaved humanity

I watched many years ago when I was a kid this animated film, and I just can't find it. It may be an episode from an anime, but I don't think so, as I remember it being longer than that... Here is ...
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movie about a robot that thought it was human and saved humanity

I am looking for a movie I think I saw in the 90s about a robot that thought it was human and saved humanity but found that humanity was its life force and it could never meet a human being unless it ...
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Book about 2 Brothers, 1 Master of Magic, the other Master of Machines

I read it in 1979 or thereabouts. Possibly as late as 1983. In it, the two brothers eventually wind up battling each other. My sister and I both read it but neither of us can find it in print or ...
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Animated TV series: post-apocalyptic, robots have taken over the world

Robots have taken over the world, and there is a small group of dedicated Fighters who are fighting them. All they have is small arms, like pistols and rifles. Very gritty, similar to The Terminator ...
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What was the first insect-like robot in fiction?

Insect-sized robots which fly on artificial wings or skitter around on multiple mechanical legs are becoming more and more common as subjects of real-world research and development, but they've been a ...
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Robots create robots in this movie. Also, they are a threat to humanity

There was a movie that I watched once in my childhood(around 15 years ago). There were robots creating other robots. Some brains (green colored) in enclosed shells (filled with a transparent liquid). ...
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Book with mentally controlled space mechas fighting

I read a book a few years ago, but can only remember specific bits and pieces of it now. The main character was the pilot of a warrior mentally controlled robot mecha thing, which could travel the ...
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Short story about an obsolete robot

A short story about a wheeled robot that is in turmoil over its apparent obsolescence.But finds a way to go on. I think humans are long extinct at the time this story is set in.
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Who came up first with the concept of holographic android in sci-fi?

Holographic android is, as I understand it, a robot in humanoid shape, capable of disguising itself as a real human/humanoid being via built-in holographic projectors. I assume the concept of ...
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What was the first Giant Monster vs Giant Robot fight?

There's been plenty of Giant Monster vs Giant Robot fights, it's almost its own genre. What started the trend? What was the first Giant Monster vs Giant Robot fight?
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Why aren’t remotely-controlled robots used in Star Trek?

While watching Star Trek Into Darkness, the following two scenes looked funny to me. In the opening scene, Spock almost dies while trying to save a native population from death by volcano. His death ...
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80's SciFi short-movie where the domestic devices come to life and takes over from humans

I'm looking for a short movie, probably from the 80s, I remember having watched when I was a kid... It was on a VHS (yes, I'm started to be old already), a compilation of several "horror" short movies....
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Looking for a Japanese English-dubbed boy and giant robot film

This is not Johnny Sokko. This live-action movie (or TV show) was about an hour long, likely produced in the late 80's/early 90's, and VERY low budget. A Japanese boy and his giant multi-colored ...
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What is the first appearance of humanoid robots in science fiction?

What is the first science fiction work to feature a humanoid robot, that is at least partly an artificial intelligence? I don't mean exactly like R. Daniel Olivaw in Isaac Asimov's books, but also ...
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Short story about a man who realizes every day is a repeat of yesterday but no one else thinks so [duplicate]

In 1988 I read a short story about a man who was on his way to work. He meets a friend at the bus stop and they engage in small talk, then get on the bus and go to work. They come home and go to sleep....
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Help find name and author of science fiction story about robots taking over all aspects of war

I read this short story a while ago. It described a futuristic war fought by robots. It featured a team of some sort of military elite going in an underground train (which broke on the way) to their ...
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What Anime features a monster blob being fought in New York City?

So it was back in 1998 I saw an anime for about 5 minutes before I had to leave with my parents to go to the grocery store. It was on the Sundance channel which used to play amazing stuff way back ...
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Anime Series aired on Cartoon Network probably between 1990-2005

There was an Anime series consisting of 3 guys. Each of them had a robot. They used to sit inside the robot and fight battles for a princess. There was a 4th robot which would come to assist them. The ...
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Looking for an old short story about an ultra smart boy with an alien/robot babysitter

I am looking for a short story about a young problematic ultra smart boy, with fighting parents, that gets a robot/alien babysitter/guardian.
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What's the “great catastrophe” in Asimov's books?

What is the great catastrophe in Asimov's books? I'd also like to know where you found out what it is. I've read his collection of short stories, and it's not mentioned what this catastrophe was. Or ...
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Book about a human who substitutes for a robot substituting for a human

I don't remember much about this. A robotic look alike for the heir to the throne on some planet is ordered from an Earth-based robot making industry. They end up sending a human in stead. I think ...
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In Asimov's robot story “Liar!”, why does Dr. Calvin show no mercy for Herbie?

In the story "Liar!", when Dr. Calvin figures out why Herbie was acting the way he was, she But as she's doing this, Herbie pleads for her to stop because he had to lie in order to obey the First ...
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short story where a robot is built to maintain a bridge but blows it up

I heard someone talking about this in passing a few years back but he couldn't remember the name
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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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Do any versions of The Avengers/Stark Tower have a flying defense robot similar to this one?

For Christmas, I received this LEGO set of the Avengers Tower. It comes with some sort of flying robot defense-system that launches from the very top of the tower. The set is mostly based off ...
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Foreign-language movie with miniature robotic horse euthanasia scene

I caught the trailer of a (Spanish?) film a few months ago. Set in the near future, there was a scene where the main character was working (touring?) a laboratory where robotics students were learning ...
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looking for a science fiction children's book

I’m looking for a children's book I read when I was aged five or six (we're talking the late 1970's/early 1980's). It was a book in the school library, hard backed, about fifteen pages and nicely ...
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What jobs do droids serve in?

Questionable Content comic strip #3088 and the few following strips suggest that some droids believe that droids should not apply to the military, yet Bubbles used to serve there. This makes me ask ...
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Looking for a fantasy book about an angry God, a sentient robot, a ghost child and man in a black suit

There's two factions in the book "black" and "white". The white believe they can earn the god's approval, the black wish to kill him so he doesn't destroy them. He has caused apocalyptic events by ...
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Movie with robotic child, robots fighting, underwater city with a ferris wheel

When I was younger, only about 10 or so, there was a movie that my parents were watching. I can not for the life of me find out what it is called, but it sort of goes like this: A young boy and his ...
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Scifi novel with scientist studying 'celestial statues'. His daughter has a sexual relationship with a robot

About 10 years ago, I read a sci-fi book in French. I am hoping the book exist in English as well. The action starts in a spaceship. A scientist is studying "celestial statues" that were thought to ...
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Identify SF novel with spider-legged one-eyed robot

I read this novel sometime in the 1980s or so, I think. It takes place on Earth where an alien artifact is found. It has a hatch that opens periodically, from which a one-eyed multi-legged alien ...
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Does the floating ball droid have a name?

In the 1980 film Flash Gordon, one of Ming's servants is a golden ball that seems to be a droid of some kind. It clearly isn't particularly loyal to its master, because as soon as Flash kills ...
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Looking for the name of a book about a robot that gains sentience

I read a book when I was much younger which follows the life of a robot which was built during world war 2. He gets covered in blood and somehow this grants his sentience. The rest of the novel ...
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Identify obscure sci-fi indie short - Man has to convince cyborg gf that he loves her in the past to stop a robot vs human war in the present

It's pretty much all in the title. I did a bit of googling, no luck. It's live-action with extensive CGI for the robots. It starts out with soldiers screaming and firing machine guns at dog-like ...
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Picture Of A Decapitated Robot's Head

Sometime ago I met a girl who had the most stunning tattoo of a decapitated robot's head on her arm. It may of been an Egyptian robot's head, but it was simply stunning. I recall there were wires ...
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Looking for a short story about a robot evolving to have supernatural powers

I'm looking for a short story from about 50 years ago about a robot who escapes after being slated to be melted down and discovers while in hiding that it has evolved to have some supernatural powers.
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Looking for a late 70s early 80s movie about humans being replaced by robots

Started watching a movie as a kid on cable in the late 70s or early 80s about robots replacing human beings. The main character was a private detective. He has an id card/credit card with a single ...
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Help me identify this BIG Robot Movie from 80s [duplicate]

I can't remember anything about the movie except it giant robots like Pacific Rim but people were inside not sat down but stood up using their arms and legs - I don't know properly but was like some ...
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Voice control (speech recognition) of robots in Asimov stories

I remember I read a nice short story by Asimov from the Robot series, where a robot misinterpreted some voice command and did some witty things instead. I think it was Daneel Olivaw. However, that was ...
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What was the inspiration for the design of R2D2?

Looking at R2-D2, I can't think of any robots I've seen in science fiction that vaguely resemble R2D2's design. So, my question is What was the inspiration for the design of R2D2?
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Searching for this comic on bots and humans

Ok , a couple of days ago I came across this comic strip. Basically its about an alternate world where a human dresses up like a bot and tries to infiltrate a bot community or something... then he is ...
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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 ...