First Click: Can we please stop calling every programmable machine a robot?

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This is how my computer defines the word “robot”:

r??bät | noun: 1. A machine capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically, especially one programmable by a computer.

My computer is wrong. A robot is not that thing that cleans the pool. A robot is not a Nespresso machine that dispenses cocktails or those swarming thingamajigs from Georgia Tech. A robot is Maria from Metropolis. A robot is named Robby or ASIMO. In other words, a robot is closer to the secondary definition found on my computer:

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