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What is a robot?

in Robotics

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199695980
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191778414 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780199695980.003.0001

Series: Very Short Introductions

What is a robot?

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‘What is a robot?’ uses the e-puck robot as an example to look at what a robot is made of. The habitat of the e-puck robot is an artificial one. What does the e-puck do? How does it respond to stimuli? What are its defining behaviours and traits? What is in a robot? The e-puck robot uses sensors, signals, and motors to do its job. Its intelligence comes from its microcontroller and the software which runs it. A robot has five functions: sensing, signalling, moving, intelligence, and energy. What defines a robot and how intelligent are they?

Keywords: artificial intelligence; cybernetics; life; magic; nature; natural history; simulation; Alan Turing; vacuum

Chapter.  5084 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology ; Artificial Intelligence

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