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Robots

One of the robots in Robotville Festival

An iCub robot built by the Italian Institute of Technology

Robotville festival in London's Science Museum celebrates some of the latest inventions in robot designs in the world. The festival features 20 robots from laboratories across Europe. In the programme we hear that robotics have developed rapidly in Europe for the past few years due to an increase in funding for research.

This week's question: when was the word 'robot' first used to describe a machine that does the work for humans? Was it in:

a) 1880

b) 1900

c) 1920

Listen out for the answer at the end of the programme!

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Vocabulary

exhibition

a collection of things that are on show to the public

cutting-edge

the latest or most advanced

laboratories

rooms or buildings used for scientific research

mimic

to copy someone's behaviour or speech

robotics

the science of designing and operating robots

domestic chores

regular and usually boring tasks you have to do at home

artificial intelligence

computers copying intelligent human behaviour

replica

a good copy of something

creepy

a strange or unpleasant feeling of fear

science fiction

a story that is based on imagined scientific discoveries of the future; often dealing with space travel and life on other planets

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