Robot



noun
1.
a machine that resembles a human and does mechanical, routine tasks on command.
2.
a person who acts and responds in a mechanical, routine manner, usually subject to another’s will; automaton.
3.
any machine or mechanical device that operates automatically with humanlike skill.
adjective
4.
operating automatically:
a robot train operating between airline terminals.
noun
1.
any automated machine programmed to perform specific mechanical functions in the manner of a man
2.
(modifier) not controlled by man; automatic: a robot pilot
3.
a person who works or behaves like a machine; automaton
4.
(South African) a set of traffic lights

robot ro·bot (rō’bət, -bŏt’)
n.

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.

A machine or device that operates automatically or by remote control.

A person who works mechanically without original thought, especially one who responds automatically to the commands of others.

robot
(rō’bŏt’)
A machine designed to replace human beings in performing a variety of tasks, either on command or by being programmed in advance.

1. A mechanical device for performing a task which might otherwise be done by a human, e.g. spraying paint on cars.
See also cybernetics.
2. An IRC or MUD user who is actually a program. On IRC, typically the robot provides some useful service. Examples are NickServ, which tries to prevent random users from adopting nicks already claimed by others, and MsgServ, which allows one to send asynchronous messages to be delivered when the recipient signs on. Also common are “annoybots”, such as KissServ, which perform no useful function except to send cute messages to other people. Service robots are less common on MUDs; but some others, such as the “Julia” robot active in 1990–91, have been remarkably impressive Turing test experiments, able to pass as human for as long as ten or fifteen minutes of conversation.
3. spider.
[Jargon File]
(1996-03-23)

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