INTRODUCTIONThe branch of technology that deals with thedesign, construction, operation, structuraldeposition, manufacture and application ofrobots for their control, sensory feedback andprocessing.
ETYMOLOGY• ‘Robot’ first used by Czech writer Karel Capek.• ‘Robotics’ coined by Isaac Asimov• First used in Asimov’s short story ‘Runaround’
MAKING THEM MORE HUMANHuman Robot interactionSpeech recognitionRobotic voiceGesturesFacial expressionsArtificial emotionsPersonality
ROBOTICS - APPLICATIONS• Industries• War machines• Education
ASIMOV’S 3 LAWS1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.2. A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.
CONCLUSIONInstitutes such as MIT (through its cyberfloraproject) and Carnegie Mellon UniversityRobotics Institute are involved in Roboticsresearch. Considering the breakthroughs thatthese institutes achieve periodically it is nothard to imagine a future when Robots becomeas common as medicines!!