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Unformatted text preview: R O B O TS AS A N D R O I D S Robotic factories are increasingly commonplace, especially in heavy manufacturing, where tolerance of repetitive movements, great strength, and untiring precision are more important than flexibility. Robots are especially useful in hazardous work, such as defusing bombs or handling radioactive materials. They also excel in constructing tiny components like those found inside notebook computers, which are often too small for humans to assemble. Most people think of robots in science fiction terms, which generally depict them as androids, or simulated humans. Real robots today do not look human at all, and judged by human standards, they are not very intelligent. The task of creating a humanlike body has provided incredibly difficult. Many technological advances in visual perception, audio perception, touch, dexterity, locomotion, and navigation need to occur before robots that look and act like human beings will live and work among us. V I S UA L P E R C E P T I O N Visual perception is an area of great complexity. A large percentage of the human brain is Visual perception is an area of great complexity....
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