On the other hand, countless movies and novels presented fictional future worlds where progress in the field of robotics had advanced so far that robots actually became equals with humans - with all of the same rights and privileges.
If you are at all a fan of the classic sci-fi films of the 1950s, then you know that there were many films that explored questions about the disadvantages or advantages of robotics within modern society.
Most of his science fiction was written in the '50s and '60s; he is most famous for the The Foundation Trilogy and The Robot Novels and Short Stories, in which he articulated the Three Laws of Robotics.
People were both in awe of the amazing potential that a technology like robotics could offer, but they were also afraid of the possibility that a technology like robotics could also get out of hand.
While robotics have been around since 270 BC, the term robot wasn't coined until 1921 when the Czech writer Karel Capek wrote a play called Rossum's Universal Robots, also known as R.U.R.
It is often said that art mimics life, but in the case of robots, it seems life mimics art as the robotics of today try to catch up with the futuristic renditions available to generations of sci-fi enthusiasts.
It looked clunkier than the well-known Lost in Space robot, but Shakey's introduction was a big step forward in robotics and eventually led to breakthroughs in artificial intelligence (AI).
We will discuss the molecular machines called nanites—tiny, molecular-sized robots that will swim around in your body fighting disease, repairing damage, and alerting you to problems (and will likely dramatically increase the human lifespan).
The pace of advancement in the field of robotics and nanotechnology roughly doubles every couple of years.
Everything we have talked about relating to the Internet and technology is coming to bear on robotics and nanotechnology.