ro·​bot·​ics | \ rō-ˈbä-tiks , rə-\

Definition of robotics

: technology dealing with the design, construction, and operation of robots in automation

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roboticist \ rō-​ˈbä-​tə-​sist , rə-​ \ noun

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Newsletter Sign-up Logistics-industry interest in robotics is spreading as the technology gets cheaper and easier to adopt. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "From Reindeer to Robots, Automation Set to Deliver This Holiday Season," 3 Oct. 2018 Developed by a team of mostly female engineers and with the robotics lab at Oregon State University, the Osé uses advanced micro-robotics to simulate the sensations of the human mouth, tongue, and fingers. Lisa Liebman, Glamour, "CES Just Doesn’t Know What to Do With a Sex Toy for Women," 18 Jan. 2019 An attempt by Wing to deliver Starbucks in the US was wound down after a couple of months, while Amazon has been quiet since its delivery of sunscreen to a robotics conference in 2017. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Alphabet’s Wing is launching a free 10-minute drone delivery service in Finland," 5 Dec. 2018 Corporations will focus on the critical human element in shopping, and invest heavily in tracking technology and robotics to help employees help customers — new technology, coincidentally, that can be learned in virtual reality simulations. Patrick Sisson, Vox, "In Walmart’s virtual reality simulation, Black Friday never ends," 15 Nov. 2018 As a number of AI and robotics researchers pointed out on Twitter, Pepper the robot is incapable of giving such evidence. James Vincent, The Verge, "The UK invited a robot to ‘give evidence’ in Parliament for attention," 12 Oct. 2018 The fund has invested in a range of startups, from a company shipping breast milk for mothers traveling on business trips to a robotics startup building modular furniture for small spaces. Cat Zakrzewski, WSJ, "Regulatory Support for Startups Comes Into Vogue," 21 June 2018 Another $20,000 will be spent putting bleachers at the softball field on a concrete base and $20,000 will be spent on a robotics room and makers space, according to Fuhrer. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, "Smoothie and coffee bar, upgraded HVAC system will greet Deerfield H.S. students this fall," 9 July 2018 Even once Astrobee materialized as an initiative, NASA’s robotics group did not silo itself off. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "To build the best bots, NASA happily looks to others here on Earth," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of robotics

1941, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of robotics was in 1941

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robotics

noun

English Language Learners Definition of robotics

: technology that is used to design, build, and operate robots

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