Robot, time stream

A robot

Graves' robot

A robot by Dr. Ira Graves

A robot was a machine that automatically performed a set of typically pre-programmed tasks and had limited autonomy.

In early science fiction writing the idea of a robot tended to include thinking machines that could perform independent judgments. Later, this was revised to the idea of an android and the notion of robots became limited to less advanced forms of machines. The basis for this change is generally credited to Isaac Asimov who, though referring to them as robots, created characters who were far more intelligent than Humans and operated according to the "Three Laws of Robotics" which later became the accepted basis for many characteristics of android behavior.

Beside a robotic dog, Doctor Ira Graves had another robot with a frog-like head in his rooms on Gravesworld. (TNG: "The Schizoid Man")

Albert Macklin, a science fiction writer for Incredible Tales magazine during the 1950s, wrote stories that featured robots almost exclusively. (DS9: "Far Beyond the Stars")

The Think Tank had a robotic lifeform as one of its members. (VOY: "Think Tank")

Deep Space 9 had a store called Tom Servo's Used Robots. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine set decoration)

The holographic novel The Adventures of Captain Proton featured a character known as Satan's Robot. (VOY: "Night")

The M-4 unit was a robot constructed by Flint. (TOS: "Requiem for Methuselah")

The term robot was coined by Czech science fiction writer Karel Čapek's play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots). The word, actually, was invented by his brother, Josef Čapek.

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In the Fifteenth UK Story Arc, set in the late 2260s, a research depot on Venus lent the USS Enterprise experimental repair robots.

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