robotics n.

the technology or science of the design, construction, operation, and use of robots and similar automatic devices

Originally SF, now general.

SF Encyclopedia



  • 1941 I. Asimov Liar! in Astounding Science-Fiction May 53/1 page image Isaac Asimov bibliography

    There’s irony in three of the greatest experts in robotics in the world falling into the same elementary trap, isn’t there?

  • 1963 Worlds of Tomorrow Dec. 66/1

    In business hours his time as a robotics engineer, 1st class, was far too valuable for him even to cast a passing glance at any mechanism as elementary as that of a robovalet.

  • 1993 K. S. Robinson Red Mars (1993) 283 Kim Stanley Robinson bibliography

    Muscle and brain have extended out through an armature of robotics that is so large and powerful that it’s difficult to conceptualize it.

  • 1994 Preliminary Schedule Main Events SFRA Conf. 10 May 1

    Social Robotics: Construction the Ideal Woman from Used Ideological Parts.

Research requirements

antedating 1941

Earliest cite

Isaac Asimov in Astounding Sci. Fiction May

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