Whether they're helping out on an assembly line, steering cars down the highway or trundling around a combat zone, robots that move us are everywhere. Now we challenge you to move us with your vast knowledge. Hey, no help from the artificial intelligence in the corner!
Let’s get started with some basics. Pick the best description of a robot, according to the Robot Institute of America:
a machine resembling a human in form and function
any machine that carries out a complex group of tasks
a reprogrammable, multifunctional manipulator
So what are the two components of a mechanical manipulator?
links and joints
nuts and bolts
thumbs and fingers
Who first used the term "robot"?
When did the word "robotics" first appear in print?
Which robot, named after the Greek mythological hero who led the Argonauts, has explored the ocean floor since 1988?
Who founded Unimation, the first commercial company to make robots?
Joseph F. Engelberger
Which car company was an early adopter of Unimate, the first robot from Unimation?
Ford Motor Company
Which company created the first mobile robot system nicknamed "Shakey" in the late 1960s?
Honda Motor Company
Which four-wheeled robot successfully crossed a room without human intervention in 1979?
Carl the Cart
Gort the Cart
In 1969, Victor Scheinman made a breakthrough when he designed a robot that could function like this anatomical feature:
The automotive industry wasn't looking to replace human workers when it began using robots on the assembly line. What was the primary goal?
demonstrate to workers how to perform certain tasks
free workers from boring, dangerous and heavy labor
serve lunch so workers wouldn't need to leave the line
Which of the following is NOT an activity typically performed by robots in the automotive industry?
Which nation uses the greatest number of robots in manufacturing?
Which Japanese motor company hosted one of the very first robot homicides?
Which robot, mounted on tank treads, searched for Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan and toured the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant after the 2011 tsunami?
Which MIT economist warned that the American middle class was losing jobs to robots?
German engineers took this robot from the factory floor and reprogrammed it to draw portraits.
SRI Van GoghBot
Which robot made the famous "No Hands Across America" tour in 1995?
Why are auto manufacturers nervous about developing fully automated robot-driven cars?
iRobot, the company behind the Roomba vacuum cleaner, was founded by scientists from this prestigious university.