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  • Exactly! Here’s a snippet from my blog back in March of 2013:

    I realized today that I can not find a suitable definition for the word “ROBOT”.

    Wikipedia states: “…Robots can be autonomous, semi-autonomous or remotely controlled…” which I disagree with. For a mechanism to be a robot, it must be either autonomous or, at least, semi-autonomous with value-added decision making abilities. Otherwise the mechanism is just a machine or an RC vehicle, etc.

    merriam-webster.com definition of ROBOT includes: “…a machine that looks like a human being and performs various complex acts (as walking or talking) of a human being…”. I disagree because a robot does not have to physically resemble a human being at all nor does it have to perform human-like actions other than some sort of actions based on independent observations and/or decisions.

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