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April 29, 2011 / Martijn

The robots of the future

When Czech playwright Karel Capek first used the word “robot” nearly a century ago, it was to describe a coldly calculating machine, evil in its perfection and scornful of human frailty. And so began our fascination with the possibility of humanoid machines designed to be our underlings but destined to be our overlords. While there are plenty of robots today that do look disturbingly human, they’re more often used as mediums for research than as functional products.

Instead, the robots creeping into everyday life in industrial manufacturing, agriculture, and health care don’t look anything like Rosie or C-3P0. But that hasn’t stopped their human operators from giving them cute pet names — and genders.

via Domo Arigato – News Features.

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