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"A dictionary defines 'robot' as a mechanical device that sometimes resembles a human, and is capable of performing a variety of often-complex human tasks on command, or by being programmed in advance. But engineering professor Ken Goldberg of the University of California at Berkeley has a more exact definition. 'It responds to its environment and it can manipulate its environment. It can do things,' he says, in reference to modern dishwashers that can sense how dirty the dishes are and change its own settings accordingly."
According to the Robot Institute of America (1979) a robot is:"A reprogrammable, multifunctional manipulator designed to move material, parts, tools, or specialized devices through various programmed motions for the performance of a variety of tasks".
According to Webster a robot is:"An automatic device that performs functions normally ascribed to humans or a machine in the form of a human."
Joseph Engelberger, a pioneer in industrial robotics, once remarked "I can't define a robot, but I know one when I see one."
Robots are creeping into mainstream society and could become a multibillion-dollar market in a few years.
The UNECE report predicts that the biggest growth over the next three years will be in domestic robots
Robots serving humans :