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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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 ...
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Is the spaceship in Flight of the Navigator a robot?

It's an old movie, sure, but I've been wondering if the ship is actually robotic or if it has an unseen pilot that speaks to David. On a similar note, is it ever mentioned why the ship/robot didn't ...
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SF anthology story about mysterious android servants

These androids show up day in suburban USA and start offering all their services for free - they are much better than the robot helpers that cost money - the protagonist is a salesman of the latter. ...
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In Disney's The Black Hole, why do Reinhardt and Maximillian fuse together?

At the dreamlike end of The Black Hole, Reinhardt fuses with the robot Maximillian, appearing to be trapped inside him like a gibbet. What does this mean? ...
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Salesman, company monopoly, robotic competitor, razor blades

I read this story in an anthology several years ago I think it was either a robot anthology or a salesman is sci-fi/fantasy anthology A man is teleported (I think) to a planet to explore it for a ...
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1970s story: man living alone with robot servants on an estate invaded by hoodlums

The setting is during or after the fall of social order, somewhere in England. An old man is holed up on an estate, his only company a robot butler and other robotic assistants. The house is invaded ...
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Brains in combat chassis

I cannot for the life of me remember the name of this book. One main part was the earth had been invaded and people were volunteering for their brains to be wired into large robots/ combat chassis and ...
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Futurama: First Robot

Who was the first robot that still exists in working form? Ignoring robots for whom: No Date Of Manufacture was mentioned or implied (by existing at a particular early time). Got to where they are ...
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Identify this short story: Malfunctioning robot destroys anything that moves, man is injured by robot, shines light on robot

Ok, I need your help. When I was young, I was reading some random book of short stories. I think the book was from 1960's. I can't remember the book name or the stories name. But the story was ...
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Man whose job is to destroy broken robots on Mars

Could anyone help me please. I am looking for a short story where the setting is on Mars, protagonist a human waste disposal worker. His job is to shovel broken down robots into the furnace and they ...
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Trying to find An anime I watched in the late 80s featuring sentinels and a gun (i think)

All I recall is the protagonists may have been kids (perhaps a boy and a girl). I seem to recall them either crash landing on an unknown planet, and constantly trying to outrun large spherical ...
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When did the first back-in-time Time-Traveling Robot appear in literature?

Which work of literature, film, or TV (or radio) program was the first to feature a sentient robot from the future that traveled back in time?
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Anime about a cop with a robot partner and a rampaging tank

I have been searching for this for a few weeks and I am hoping that you guys can help me out. I know that what I watched was a movie I am not sure if the story was self contained within the story ...
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Story Identification: 1980s series about four characters who escape a post-apocalyptic city in a bubble

From what I remember the animation style was quite similar to The Mysterious Cities of Gold. I have a feeling it was a Japanese/French collaboration. There was a city in a bubble, somewhat ...
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Scifi novel from 90's with AI, robots, and a holodeck-like room

Can't recall what any of the title would be or who the author was. But the book involved the main character meeting a rich genius with a private island. He has an AI as his central computer, and it ...
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What Sci-Fi book about robot domination is this?

Looking for help to find a book I read maybe 30 years ago. The main thread was about robots eventually taking control over man. There is a central leader robot who comes to power. The key fact I ...
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Synthezoid vs Android

The Vision is always described as a Synthezoid, however I can't find any description of what that is other than a "A special type of android empowered by synthesizing energy". Is there any real ...
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Identify an anime series with combining robots

It is a mecha anime. I believe 4 or 5 robots combine into 1 giant robot. There are 2 male and 3 female pilots. one of the guys, the red head, sister has disappeared. the head of the team is this guy ...
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What is the earliest depiction of realistic (hard sci-fi) giant humanoid mechas or robots?

The usual depiction of giant humanoid mecha/robots is very unrealistic. They disregard the square/cube law, inertia, to just name a few violations of the rules of physics. The most realistic ...
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Title of a time travel movie involving a boy in alien armor and a girl?

So years ago I saw this move with time travel but I didn't watch it from the very beginning. I really would appreciate finding out the title of this movie. Some random facts from this movie (I'm not ...
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How could Norby transport safely with Marcel?

In the Janet Asimov novel; "Norby and the Queen's Necklace", Norby and his owner are taken back to the time of the French Revolution and end up escaping the Bastille. They meet Marcel and then violate ...
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Were there ever any depictions of non-android robots in any Star Trek episode or movie? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why are there so few robots in Star Trek? I would say that the relative lack of onscreen robots had to do with show budgets, but even some of the cheesiest science ...
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Short story pre 1990 involving different classes of machines confused without man. Man arrives at end

The short story I'm looking for was published before 1990 but was more likely a 1950's to 70's publication. Machines of different classes and intelligence such as diggers and combine harvesters are ...
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Does “Isaac Asimov's Robots in Time” series violate the grandfather paradox?

As anyone who is familiar with the Isaac Asimov's Robots in Time series by William F. Wu is already aware, the Mojave Center Governor does not realize that sending his component parts backwards ...
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Why did John Henry need a Terminator chip?

Spoiler for the last episode (Season 2 Episode 22: Born to run) of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
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Help in identifying a sci-fi movie about some mechanical beings traveling back in time to murder people

I remember when I was much younger I watched a video with some odd robotic teenagers who travel back in time and meet the grim reaper (like from Scream) in hell or similar. I wish I could remember ...
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How many different robots were sent back in time in the entire Terminator franchise?

How many different robots (physical units, NOT model types) were sent back in time in the entire Terminator franchise? The count should encompass ALL franchise works, not just the movies. While I'm ...
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The first robot (android) with total human appearance [closed]

The earliest movie android I can remember is the Yul Brynner character from Westworld. Are there any earlier examples? Please exclude those robots that are clearly distinguishable from human (unless ...
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Why did they build a Hedonismbot?

He was supposedly built out of gold with taxpayers money. Now he is wealthy and has his own servant. What was Hedonismbot's original purpose?
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Are the 4th and 5th extensions to the 3 Laws of Robotics validated by Asimov?

Wikipedia cites extensions by other authors to the canonical "Three laws" as follows There are two Fourth Laws written by authors other than Asimov. The 1974 Lyuben Dilov novel Icarus's Way ...
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Do the 3 laws protect animals?

Major Stackings made a comment in chat about how the demolition bot seen in the movie hates cats. Do the 3 laws also protect animals from the deadly whims of robots?
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Whats the new fuel replacing dark matter? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the current main source of power in Futurama? So in benders game dark matter becomes worthless and the professor use the niblonins(how ever it is spelled) to ...