A robot is a mechanical or virtual artificial agent.
In practice, it is usually an electro-mechanical system which, by its appearance or movements, conveys a sense that it has intent or agency of its own.
The word robot can refer to both physical robots and virtual software agents, but the latter are usually referred to as bots.
There is no consensus on which machines qualify as robots, but there is general agreement among experts and the public that robots tend to do some or all of the following: move around, operate a mechanical arm, sense and manipulate their environment, and exhibit intelligent behavior, especially behavior which mimics humans or animals.
Stories of artificial helpers and companions and attempts to create them have a long history, but fully autonomous machines only appeared in the 20th century.
The first digitally operated and programmable robot, the Unimate, was installed in 1961 to lift hot pieces of metal from a die casting machine and stack them.
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