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Making Simple Robots by Kathy Ceceri

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Chapter 3. Unevolved Robots

There are minimal elegant solutions to building capable devices so long as they spend their energies on themselves and not their “masters.”

Mark W. Tilden

How simple can a robot get and still be considered a robot? That’s a question many robot makers have taken as a challenge. Most people would agree that a doll or a puppet that only moves when pulled or pushed by a person is not a robot. But how about a remote control model rover, which adds a layer of electronics between the human and the object? Is something a robot if its sensor is a mechanical on-off switch rather than a logic gate in a computer program? Or if its seemingly smart response to the environment around it is really a random series of movements? ...

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