2. What is a robot? There’s no precise definition, but by general agreement a robot is a programmable machine that imitates the actions or appearance of an intelligent creature–usually a human. To qualify as a robot, a machine has to be able to do two things: 1) get information from its surroundings, and 2) do something physical–such as move or manipulate objects.
7. Where are most robots found? Car Factories More than 50% of all robots are found in car factories
8. Certain dangerous jobs are best done by robots. Bomb disposal is one of these. Guided remotely using video cameras, robots like the Mini-Andros can be sent to investigate–and defuse–possible bombs.
9. Robug III is designed to operate in radioactive areas, like the core of a nuclear reactor. With eight legs and vacuum gripper feet, Robug III can walk over obstacles and even climb walls. Strong for its small size, it can drag loads of over 220 pounds. Mounted video cameras let human operators see and assess any damage.
11. Robot Wars is a combat game that pits robot against robot in a fight to the death. The radio-controlled machines are armed with drills, saws, projectiles and other means of destruction. Victory goes to the robot that renders it opponent immobile. How is the middle one dangerous?
14. Year: 2010 Processing power: 3,000 MIPS Intelligence equivalent: Lizard Robots will have basic navigation skills and could be used for cleaning or delivery and take on expanded roles in factories.
15. Year: 2020 Processing power: 100,000 MIPS Intelligence equivalent: Mouse Robots will be able to learn on the job, adapting their own programs to perform more successfully. Robots will do the same jobs as before, but more reliably and flexibly.