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The first digital and programmable robot was invented by George Devol in 1954 and was named the Unimate.
It was sold to General Motors in 1961 where it was used to lift pieces of hot metal from die casting machines at the Inland Fisher Guide Plant in the West Trenton section of Ewing Township, New Jersey.
The word 'robot' was first used to denote a fictional humanoid in a 1920 play R. Electronics evolved into the driving force of development with the advent of the first electronic autonomous robots created by William Grey Walter in Bristol, England in 1948.
The possibilities of robot autonomy and potential repercussions have been addressed in fiction and may be a realistic concern in the future.
There is no consensus on which machines qualify as robots but there is general agreement among experts, and the public, that robots tend to possess some or all of the following abilities and functions: accept electronic programming, process data or physical perceptions electronically, operate autonomously to some degree, move around, operate physical parts of itself or physical processes, sense and manipulate their environment, and exhibit intelligent behavior — especially behavior which mimics humans or other animals.
Kataoka is hopeful Kirobo will be able to avoid the fate of the Aibo dog-shaped robot from Sony, which was discontinued in 2006, despite outcries from fans.
He cited advances in technology, such as cloud-based upgrades.
Shipments of the tiny robot are set for next year but no overseas sales are planned so far.