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Quiz: Robots That Move Us
by Staff
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"?

  • Ivan Sutherland
  • Karel Capek
  • Ray Bradbury

When did the word "robotics" first appear in print?

  • 1922
  • 1942
  • 1982

Which robot, named after the Greek mythological hero who led the Argonauts, has explored the ocean floor since 1988?

  • Heracles
  • Jason
  • Peleus

Who founded Unimation, the first commercial company to make robots?

  • Joseph F. Engelberger
  • Lee Iacocca
  • Walt Disney

Which car company was an early adopter of Unimate, the first robot from Unimation?

  • Chrysler
  • Ford Motor Company
  • General Motors

Which company created the first mobile robot system nicknamed "Shakey" in the late 1960s?

  • Honda Motor Company
  • iRobot
  • SRI International

Which four-wheeled robot successfully crossed a room without human intervention in 1979?

  • Carl the Cart
  • Gort the Cart
  • Stanford Cart

In 1969, Victor Scheinman made a breakthrough when he designed a robot that could function like this anatomical feature:

  • arm
  • face
  • leg

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?

  • quality inspection
  • spot welding
  • spray painting

Which nation uses the greatest number of robots in manufacturing?

  • Brazil
  • Germany
  • Japan

Which Japanese motor company hosted one of the very first robot homicides?

  • Honda
  • Kawasaki
  • Suzuki

Which robot, mounted on tank treads, searched for Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan and toured the damaged Fukushima nuclear plant after the 2011 tsunami?

  • HAL
  • PackBot
  • SCARA

Which MIT economist warned that the American middle class was losing jobs to robots?

  • David Autor
  • Gary Becker
  • Paul Davidson

German engineers took this robot from the factory floor and reprogrammed it to draw portraits.

  • Fraunhofer Sketchbot
  • RWI AutoDraw
  • SRI Van GoghBot

Which robot made the famous "No Hands Across America" tour in 1995?

  • ASIMO
  • NavLab
  • Roomba

Why are auto manufacturers nervous about developing fully automated robot-driven cars?

  • competition
  • cost
  • liability

iRobot, the company behind the Roomba vacuum cleaner, was founded by scientists from this prestigious university.

  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Yale University