Robots are machines which are designed to mimic different tasks. Here are some interesting facts about robots and machines which are human-like.
A cybernetic professor calls himself the first cyborg of the world. Kevin Warwick has a computer chip which is implanted in this left arm and enables him to operate an artificial hand, an electronic wheelchair and doors.
The world’s first humanoid robot was introduced in 1939 and was named Elektro. It was 7 feet tall robot that could speak up to 700 words.
In 1981 a worker from a Japanese Kawasaki factory was killed when a robotic arm crushed him to death. This was the first ever robot homicide case reported.
Japan is home to nearly half a million robots which are being used industrially.
The only character from Star Wars movies which appears unchanged is a robot named R2D2.
There is a lot of work being done by MIT’s media lab to create robots that are personal and they are making RoCo which is a computer with a monitor in place of a head and neck and Leonardo which is made to give response to emotional cues.
The founder of Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute, Mr. Hans Moravec predicts that in 2040 robots will rise up as their own species. According to him, the robots will be replacing humans at all necessary tasks and will be operating our society progressively well without us.
The US military has over 4000 robots which are serving. This includes Talon bots used for explosive detection. They were used to find roadside bombs in Iraq. PackBots were also used unsuccessfully to locate Osama Bin Laden’s secret hideout in Afghanistan.