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Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots by Gareth Branwyn

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Chapter 1. What’s in a Name?

In This Chapter

• Defining the word robot

• Robot innovators adding their two cents to explain the term

• A brief history of bots and an even briefer timeline

A Bot by Any Other Name...

Before we delve into the wonders of robots, and you find yourself up to your lab coat lapels in gears, motors, and sensor arrays, it might be a good idea to try and gain some clarity (no small feat, as you’ll see) about what a robot actually is and where robots come from.

So how does one define robot? Think you know? It’s obvious, you say? Tell you what: You go off and do a quick poll among friends, family members, and online chatterbots, while I go fetch a stack of dictionaries. Because one of my other hats is tracking ...

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