World Book Dictionary defines robot as “a machine made in imitation of a human being; a mechanical device that does routine work in response to commands.” I met my first robot in 1979 at the Texas Instruments plant in Austin, where it delivered mail. Despite early promises to the contrary, robots today are found not in the home, but primarily in factories. And although there are robots made out of Legos, there is no robot designed to pick Legos up from the floor. I, however, remain hopeful.
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