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[roh-bot-iks] /roʊˈbɒt ɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
the use of computer-controlled robots to perform manual tasks, especially on an assembly line.
Origin of robotics
1941; robot + -ics; coined by Isaac Asimov Unabridged
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  • The field is called social robotics, and it remains a tricky business.
  • But the real power in robotics technologies lies in their ability to augment and extend our own capabilities.
  • The company helped the college design courses in laser and robotics training.
  • The promise of robotics is not the only promise unkept.
  • And the utilities failed to build up expertise in certain areas, such as robotics.
  • Now, it's quite possible that robotics may generate unemployment as the economy adjusts to the deployment of new technology.
  • It is also a centre for innovation in robotics, electronics and nanotechnology.
  • Although robotics has sped up many of these processes, the scale of the task still dwarfs the automation achieved.
  • One of the biggest challenges in robotics engineering is mimicking the human sense of touch.
  • Perhaps more than any other factor, the life span of batteries has limited the infiltration of robotics into daily life.
British Dictionary definitions for robotics

robot dancing

a dance of the 1980s characterized by jerky mechanical movements


noun (functioning as sing)
the science or technology of designing, building, and using robots
another name for robot dancing
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Word Origin and History for robotics

1941, from robot + -ics. Coined in a science fiction context by Russian-born U.S. author Isaac Asimov (1920-1992), who proposed the "Three Laws of Robotics" in 1968.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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