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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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,, "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 DeVos met with a number of teams and sat next to Gov. Rick Snyder, a robotics enthusiast, to view one of the matches. Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press, "DeVos admires ingenuity at FIRST Robotics competition in Detroit," 27 Apr. 2018 Lytro’s staff could help Google with robotics or self-driving cars so that machines can have a better understanding of dimension, Moorhead said. Wendy Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, "Startups in the spotlight: Voicery, Lytro and KeepTruckin," 2 Apr. 2018 Sign up for our daily newsletter and never miss our latest and greatest stories Science Nothing in robotics is as unintentionally hilarious as watching a biped fall. Matt Simon, WIRED, "How Roboticists Are Copying Nature to Make Fantastical Machines," 28 June 2018 Mattel and Barbie are also partnering with Black Girls CODE robotics workshops to reach young girls interested in developing skills in the field. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "Barbie Just Launched One of Its Most Important Dolls to Date," 26 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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English Language Learners Definition of robotics

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

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