If you like science fiction movies, you probably love robots, too. Who wouldn’t love a machine that could move around, act almost like a human, and do all sorts of incredible things?

But can robots think for themselves? Or can they only do what we humans program them to do? Can robots WONDER about things? Or do they simply wait for the next command to be sent to their computer “brains”?

A robot is a machine that is controlled by electronic programming, usually in the form of a computer. Many can be controlled remotely. Robots can be programmed to do many different types of tasks. Some can be done automatically, while others may be done with guidance from a human controller.

Since the days of ancient Egypt, humans have searched for ways to make certain tasks easier by inventing machines to do them. True robots, however, are a much more recent invention. The first electronic robots were built by William Grey Walter in England in 1948. American George Devol, Jr. invented the first digital and programmable robot a few years later in 1954.

Today, robots are used for all sorts of tasks in a wide variety of industries. Some robots vacuum floors and mow lawns, while others help to build cars in large factories. Robots are also used in modern warfare.

Robots also can do tasks that are too dangerous for humans to perform. For example, robots can be sent into outer space or the depths of the sea to explore areas that humans could never reach on their own.

Many schoolchildren across the United States are getting experience building and programming robots. Schools can now participate in LEGO® Robotics competitions that teach young children how to build and program basic robots to perform a number of simple tasks.

But can today’s robots actually think for themselves? You may have heard the term “artificial intelligence” at some point in the past. Does this mean that scientists have created robots that can think just like humans?

The term “artificial intelligence” refers to sophisticated robots that can perform complex tasks that require choices to be made based upon a number of factors. Although these robots seem to think like humans, they are still robots who just have advanced programming that allows them to mimic human thought and behavior.

Robots still cannot think on their own like humans. However, many scientists believe such breakthroughs may be possible in the next 20-30 years. What do you think? Do you want robots to be able to think just like humans?

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    • Thanks for being the very first Wonder Friend to visit today’s Wonder and leave us a comment, Aparajita! We think robots are amazing, too. We also think it’s SUPER COOL that you want to make one! :-)

    • I always liked robots. I learned that robots can’t think like humans. Robots can be used for a lot of ways. They can be used for going to space for it to land on Mars. They can also be used for going underwater and stuff that humans can’t accomplish on their own. Robots can mow lawns, build stuff, and more.

      • I agree because robots are advanced electronics and can do advanced tasks the robots might be the next new thing.They are amazing and are probably the best thing that can be invented.

    • I love this story it is full with loaded information my brain is FULL!!!! I love robots and how they help so this story is PERFECT!!!!! Now it is questioning me do robots think for themselves?

      • I agree with F Lopez this story is making me wonder do robots wonder or not. I like this story a lot because of that. : 0

      • I love this story. It is full of information about different kinds of robots. It loaded my mind with things I did not know before. I learned that robots can’t think on their own like us. But there is one thing I’m stuck on. Do robots wonder to?

    • I think robots are cool too. I would like a robot that looked like a fairy that you can get inside of and fly around. I would like it to have alot of storage and wifi and hold all of the things I need all day. It should have enough room for one xtra person to fly with me if they wanted to leave their robot at home. I dont think I would want it to think for me. I like thinking for myself but it could help me out and be my copilot. THAT WOULD BE SO COOL !!!!!

    • I learned that Robots are amazing machines because they act almost like a human do sorts of amazing things. Also most robots are remotely controlled. Next the first robot made was built by William Grey Walter in England in 1948. Now some robots are used to vacuum floors, mow lawns, and help to build cars. Also out of LEGO you can build Robots.That is what I learned about Robots.

  1. My mom bought an app for her iPad. It’s called Robot Lab. You build a robot and then you are scored on the number of stars you find. Reading today’s WONDER has made me want to go play.

    I’m not sure what tomorrow’s WONDER is, but I do know that my town’s rocky soil was created by glaciers.

  2. I was very close to guess today’s wonder. :) I loved today’s wonder! :D I think tomorrow’s wonder of the day is that what can glaciers damage.

    TJ

    • Happy Saturday, TJ! We’re glad you loved exploring today’s Wonder and that you guess tomorrow’s Wonder might be about glaciers! We can’t wait to see what we will all be WONDERing about with Wonder #630! :-)

  3. Hi, Wonderopolis! Guess who’s back? Yep, it’s Samuel! :D I think tomorrow’s wonder will be if glaciers can damage things.

    Too bad this isn’t the 1st comment or the comment before TJ. Hopefully my guess for tomorrow’s wonder will be right. ;)

    • Welcome back to Wonderopolis, Samuel! We’re so happy to receive a super comment from you today! It looks like both you and TJ have the same guess for tomorrow’s Wonder…we can’t wait to see if you guys are correct! Glaciers would be SUPER WONDERful to WONDER about! :-)

  4. Dear Wonderopolis,
    Cool wonder! Robots are just machines, I don’t think they actually think. I agree with Samuel that tomorrow’s wonder is about glaciers or ice.

    XOXOXOXOXO,
    Paige =D

    • It’s AWESOME to hear from you today, Paige! Thank you for sharing your thoughts about robots and thanks for letting us know that you agree with Samuel’s guess about tomorrow’s Wonder! YOU ROCK! :-)

  5. At my school, I had a science book and I talk a lot about science, even robots. I even sometimes wish I was a robot because think of all the amazing things I can do.

    • We think it’s cool to WONDER what it would be like to be a robot, Carlos, but we bet you can do even MORE WONDERful things as yourself than if you were a robot! You have an AWESOMELY creative Wonder brain, and we really like the way you see the world around you! We are SUPER glad to count you as a Wonder Friend! :-)

  6. It’s me. I like the video. I think robots are cool some don’t do things. Robots are everywhere. I wonder when robots were made?

    • Thanks so much for this GREAT comment, Connor! We appreciate you stopping by Wonderopolis to share your thoughts about robots and to tell us that you liked the video! :-)

    • We’re SUPER glad you guys liked this Wonder about robots, WONDERCLASS7! Thank you for hanging out in Wonderopolis with us and learning new things…it’s FUN to WONDER together! :-)

  7. Hello, it’s Julia, you know me, don’t you? I’m the one who’s sister went away for overnight camp!! I thought this video was SOO super adorable, but I didn’t get it!
    :)

    • We sure DO remember you, Julia! Thanks for sharing another AMAZING comment with us today! We think the robot in the video first wanted to find out where he came from. When he was in the woods, stepping on leaves and being in nature, he saw the train that had the same logo that he had. He got excited and followed the train and found where he was probably “made,” but when he saw the starkness of the buildings and the fast-paced way the other robots worked, he thought that being back in nature what where he really “belonged.” That’s what we thought about the video! :-)

    • AWESOME! Thanks for leaving us a comment to let us know you checked back for our reply to your other comment, Julia! You are truly an AWESOME Wonder Friend! Keep on WONDERing! :-)

  8. I love robots! In the summer I’m going to make one for the CTY program! I’m excited, but how do you make a robot?

  9. I love robots. With this article I learned so much more about robots, like artificial intelligence. Though, I do wonder Wonderopolis, do robots wonder with their command brains?

    • We love robots, too, D Sutherland! We are so glad that you were able to learn more about robots today in Wonderopolis! We think it may be possible to program a robot to Wonder. What do you think? Thanks for WONDERing with us today! :-)

  10. I am not a big fan of robots but I am a little interested in knowing what robots can do and what they can see. In The article that I just read, it was about how robots can do their things and how they do it. Robots can be used with all sorts of tasks and things. And that they never have time to stop and wonder of what maybe they are going to do tomorrow and then the next day like we have brains to wonder what’s going to happen tomorrow and the next. But you know what, robots can’t think like us because they have computer brains for demands that the people tell them what to do. But after I read the article or the story I can see now its interesting to know about robots. Oh the video was really fun to watch.

    • WONDERful, A Lazzara! It sounds like you learned a lot about how robots think, or are programmed to think, by reading this Wonder! We agree, we really like the Wonder video, too! Thanks for sharing and WONDERing with us today! :-)

  11. Robots are so cool and useful! I learned a lot from this WONDERful article. I learned that robots do not have brains just like humans do. They are controlled only by people and do as people command.Robots were thought of in ancient Egypt, but build in England in 1948. Now, robots are used for all sorts of tasks in a wide variety of industries and are also used in modern welfare.

    • WONDERful, V Taraszka! It sounds like you learned a lot from this Wonder! Way to go, Wonder Friend! :-)

    • I learned about how ancient Egypt wanted to make things easier which has happened. Also a person in England in 1948 was the first to make a electrical robot! I never really thought of the word robots only machines. But robots are different than machines, robots are controlled and machines are just these machines. Same as you VTaraszka. :)

  12. I love robots! I was very into this article. I learned that the first robot was made in England in 1948 by a man named William Grey Walter. Later in 1954 another man named George Devol Jr. built a programmable and digital robot. Today robot are used all kinds of things like household chores, putting together cars, in factories and in modern warfare. Kids today are getting to build robots in competition, through a company called LEGO. Even though robots can not think for themselves, they can be programmed to do some very sophisticated things. People can only imagine what robots can do in 20 years from now, but I think they be able to do some very intelligent things.

      • Hey, thanks for that cool video link…my mommy took me to legoland last year because I was on the honor roll all year, and we loved it so much. We were there for 6 hours. I love legos. I think I may try to make a robot out of legos soon. When I do, I will share my pic with you.

        • WONDERful, kjustiniano! We can’t wait to see a picture of your Lego robot! Thanks for sharing, Wonder Friend! :-)

  13. I really like robots. I learned a lot from this article. First of all, I learned that the first robot was made by William Grey Walter from England in 1948. Also, I learned that the first digital robot was made by George Dovel Jr. in America in 1954. Last thing I learned was that a robot is controlled by a machine that is controlled by a computer. Also, I really liked the video. Great job, Wonderopolis.

    • We are so happy that you enjoyed this Wonder and video, M Flasza! You did a WONDERful job summarizing this Wonder! Way to go, Wonder Friend! Thanks for sharing with us today! :-)

  14. I really enjoyed reading the article. One fact from the article was that people can control robots today and I enjoyed watching the video.

    • WONDERful, AmLazzara! We are so glad that you enjoyed reading the Wonder Article! We think it would be fun to program our own robot. What about you? Thanks for sharing with us today! :-)

  15. I learned that today, robots are used for all sorts of tasks in a wide variety of industries. Some robots vacuum floors and mow lawns, while others help to build cars in large factories. Robots are also used in modern warfare.

    • That is absolutely correct, Giuseppe L.! Robots are used in a variety of industries! Thanks for sharing this information with us today, Wonder Friend! :-)

  16. I learned that the first robot was made in England in 1948 by a man named William Grey Walter. Later in 1954 another man named George Devol Jr. built a programmable and digital robot.

  17. What I learned from this article is that robots cannot think by themselves .So yeah we practically control them. Robots are also used to do hard and difficult tasks that we are not able to do. Robots go in depths of seas that we cant go . Or go in parts of space that we cant go.

    • WONDERful thoughts about robots, A Kopacz! We definitely need them to help us go to places we can’t access! Thanks for sharing with us today! :-)

  18. What I learned is that Since the days of ancient Egypt, humans have searched for ways to make certain tasks easier by inventing machines to do them . True robots, however, are much more recent invention. I also know that the first robot was invented by a man named William Grey Walter in England in 1948. Also an American George Devol, Jr. invented the first digital and programmable robot a few years later in 1948. That is what I learned in my favorite article Do Robots Wonder!

    • Awesome, AC Lazzara! We’re so happy that this is your favorite Wonder! You did a terrific job of summarizing this Wonder for us! Way to go, Wonder Friend! :-)

  19. I leaned so much about robots. I learned robots were first made by William Grey Walter in England in 1948.People used robots for amazing test that human can not do.One of my favorite part was when George Devol Jr. built the first digital robots.Best info about robots thanks wonderopolis

    • You are welcome, Kacper Chronowski! We’re so glad that you learned so much from this Wonder! Thanks for sharing with us today, Wonder Friend! :-)

    • We agree, Superman! It can be a little scary like a science fiction movie, if robots thought like us. Thanks for sharing your comment with us today! :-)

  20. I learned many things from this article. Like when the first robot was made. I wonder how it looked. I do not want scientist to make robots that act and think like we do. It would be weird. Although it would be a very cool and interesting breakthrough.

    • Hi Superman! Great question about what the first robot looked like! What do you think it looked like? Could you draw a picture of what you think it looked like and post it to our Wonder Gallery? We would love to see it, Wonder Friend! Thanks for sharing! :-)

  21. I had learned a lot from this article like that the first robot was made in England by a person named William Grey Walter. After that in in 1954 the first digital robot was made. P.S I LOVE ROBOTS THEY ARE SO COOL!!!

  22. I learned that a robot is a machine that is controlled by electronic programing, usually from a computer and that since the days of ancient Egypt, humans have searched easier ways to do tasks by inventing machines. The first electronic robots were built by William Grey Walter in England in 1948. Another fun fact was that some robots are used to vacum floors, mow lawns and even help to build cars. I found the article very interesting and the movie really cool.

    • Excellent, J.Ramos! It sounds like you learned a lot from this Wonder about robots! We are so happy that you enjoyed this Wonder! Keep WONDERing with us, Wonder Friend! :-)

  23. I really like robots. I enjoyed reading the article and watching the video. I don’t think robots think for themselves. They just have computer brains and people control and tell them what to do. But, I think in the future robots might do some stuff by themselves without people and really help out. Really enjoyed reading this, bye.

    • Excellent thoughts about robots, Kdabrowiecki! We are so happy that you enjoyed reading this Wonder! Thanks for sharing, Wonder Friend! :-)

  24. I am interested in robots. I learned that the first robot was built in 1948. Robots can do all sorts of stuff. I learned that robots can mow lawns. I also learned that robots can be used for a lot of things like going underwater and reach the bottom of the ocean. Humans can never accomplish that.

    • Absolutely, A Ocana! It sounds like you learned a lot from this Wonder! Thanks for sharing with us today! :-)

  25. I learned a little background history on robots like who made the first electronic robots William Grey Walter. Also George Devol Jr, made the first digital and programmable robot in 1954.I learned that robots can go under water.(The sea).m Lastly, robots cant think for their self they just mimic our behaves and our speech patterns.

  26. I love robots. So, I think do robots wonder is a good story for me. I love how the story is loaded with information. My brain is full with information about robots. I learned so much. Now I’m starting to wonder do robots think on their own?

    • Great question, F. Lopez! If we can program robots to do what we want them to, then it should be possible to program them to think. But, what should we program them to think about? Thanks for WONDERing with us today, Wonder Friend! :-)

  27. I learned that even if robots have many choices to make they still do not wonder, they are programmed by humans. I also learned that robots can mow lawns and can vacuum floors. I never knew that people from ancient Egypt would want to invent something like a robot. I also never knew that some schools teach children basic programming with Lego’s.

    • That’s right, A Bzdula! You can learn to program your very own robot using Lego Mindstorms! We have seen some really cool robots built this way. Thanks for WONDERing with us today! :-)

  28. I learned that robots were made in long ago and thought of also I learned that the electronics that I am using today are also robots.I didn’t know that some robots have artificial intelligence. :)

    • Great, A Jimenez! It sounds like you learned a lot from this Wonder! Thanks for sharing with us today! :-)

  29. I learned that robots have artificial intelligence. Also that robots cant think on their own. Robots can think like people but cant do what ever they would want. Robots are programmed. Scientists said that robots will be able to think on their own in 20-30 years.

    • WONDERful, V Seredynski! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us today about this Wonder! Keep WONDERing, Wonder Friend! :-)

  30. I learned many thing from this article. Here are some of them. One thing I learned was that the first electron robot was made by William Grey Walter in England in 1948. Another fact I learned was that an American George Devol, Jr. invented the first digital and programmable robot in 1954. Last fact is that sophisticated robots have artifical intellengence. Those are only three facts I learned. They are all very interesting.

  31. Hi wonderopolis. I learned a lot from this article.Like the first robot was made by Gray Walter in England 1948.Also I learned that robots have artificial intelligence.Also robots can’t think on their own.And robots can do a lot of things that humans can’t do.Also robots have their own minds.And robots are computers.Bye wonderopolis this text taught me a lot.

  32. I learned so much about robots after reading this amazing article. I learned that robots can’t think for themselves. I also learned that robots are controlled by either us,humans or computers. Another thing I learned is that the first robot was built in England in 1948 by William Grey Walter. But, my favorite part of this article was that an American named George Devol, Jr. invented the first digital and programmable robot in 1954. Thank you Wonderopolis for this wonderful article.

    • You are so welcome, K Rog! Thank you for WONDERing with us and submitting this great summary of what you learned! Keep WONDERing, Wonder Friend! :-)

  33. I learned a lot of things from this article! I learned that robots can be controlled by humans or computers. Also that Geogre Devol Jr. invented the first digital and programmable robot. And that William Grey Walter invented the first electronic robots. Finnally I learned that robots cannot think for themselves. Thank you Wonderopolis for this awsome article!

    • You are very welcome, A Roberts! Thank you for sharing what you learned with us, today! Keep WONDERing, Wonder Friend! :-)

  34. I learned that in the next 25 years scientists might be able to improve our robots.
    I also learned that robots are already doing great things.
    Finally I learned what the phrase “artificial intelligence” means.

  35. I learned a lot in this article. For example, I learned robots have artificial intelligence.
    Also, that robots do many things for people. Lastly, I learned when the first robot was made.

  36. I learned that robots are very useful and do many different things. They could help people by mowing lawns, vacuuming floors and many other ways. I liked the video a lot and the facts of the story were really cool. This article taught me a lot of cool things and I liked very much.

  37. I think robots are really cool. I also learned a lot from reading the text. This story was very interesting, too. I actually had fun reading this and watching the video.

    • That’s what we like to hear, M. Pantoja! Learning new things can be fun! Thanks for sharing, Wonder Friend! :-)

  38. I learned that robots help us do tasks much easier. Robots can be used like for outer space where humans can’t go. Scientists said that robots will be able to think on their own in 20-30 years.

    • Wow, K. Urso! It sounds like you learned some really cool facts from this Wonder. Awesome, Wonder Friend! :-)

  39. Robots cannot think on their own like us humans, but wait till 20-30 more years. Robots do more dangerous tasks that is too risky for humans. They usually mow lawns and vacuum floors, which means they’re very good helpers.

    • That’s right, R. Mercado! Robots are very good helpers, indeed! Thanks for sharing with us today! :-)

  40. I learned that robots can do many sorts of things that us humans can’t do, like being the first thing on Jupiter or other crazy things like that. Robots can also be controlled 2 different ways and those ways are being controlled remotely or electronic programming. Robots can also do helpful tasks like mowing the lawn or doing the dishes so people have more time to do different thing or relax. The first robot ever made was made by a guy named William Gray Walter in 1948,a couple of years later the first digital and programmable robot was made by George Devol Jr. During 1954.

    • WONDERful, E Mallqui! It sounds like you really did learn a lot from this Wonder! Way to go, Wonder Friend! Thanks for sharing with us today! :-)

      • I learned many things from this wonderful wonder page, like the ancient Egyptians wanted to make life easier with the kind of machines and robots we have today. Also I learned that the first person to make a electrical robot was from England in 1948! and his name is William Grey Walter. (I think it’s cool.)

        • Awesome, ALombara! We are so happy that you enjoyed this Wonder while learning something new! Thanks for WONDERing with us! :-)

  41. I learned that robots do not wonder at all. I also learned that robots are controlled by something but usually a computer. Another fact is that in 1948 the first robot was invented. Finally i learned that robots can do many things that are simple.

  42. I learned that scientists say maybe in 20-30 more years there will probably be robots that wonder. Also robots have artificial intelligence. And the first electronic robot was made by William Grey Walter in England 1948. Robots do easy things around the house like vacuum or mow a lawn. Most robots are controlled by a computer.

  43. Robots are very interesting. They are programmed by humans to do many different tasks. They can do housework or work for the government. They can do dangerous work that people are not able to do. Robots cannot think on their own, but in 20 to 30 years they may be more like humans. The movie was cool too.

    • WONDERful, A. Montilla! Is sounds like you learned a lot from this Wonder! Way to go, Wonder Friend! Keep WONDERing with us! :-)

  44. I learned a lot. Like Egyptians wanted to make life easier with the things we have today. Also I learned that the first electrical robot was made by a man in 1948 in England by William Grey Walter. ( I think it’s cool) :)

  45. I learned that robots are controlled by a computer . Also I learned that robots can do things that humans can’t. Another thing is that robots cant wonder. Lastly scientists say that robots will maybe be able to think for themsevles

  46. This article is about how robots have changed and what they will be in about 20 years. It showed who started building and who created robots. The article also told us what exactly was a robot. Lastly, the article told me what a robot could do and what it will probably be able to do in a few years.

    • WONDERful, I. Czarny! It sounds like you learned a lot from this Wonder! Thanks for sharing, Wonder Friend! :-)

  47. Today I learned that robots were first invented in England ,1948 . William Grey Walter was the first person to invent a robot.Also that in the future robots may be just like humans, with dreams and emotion and how to wonder. I learned that todays robots can do what is to dangerous for humans to do.The robots do the task for humans .

  48. This article changed my view on robots. I learned that they are more then just a moving piece of metal. Robots can build cars , go places humans can’t go, or just do everyday chores. They are WAY more important then I thought they were. Robots are kind of like humans with more strength and abilities. I also learned about artificial intelligence from this article. I had no clue what it was before I read “Do robots wonder”. Now I know all about robots!

    • WONDERful, A. Ogrodnik! You are right, robots can be very important and helpful to humans! Thanks for sharing with us today! :-)

  49. I really liked it because I always wanted a robot that can do my tasks. I learned that the first robots were invented by William Grey Walter and that there even were robots invented in this planet(Earth). Also I learned that that they can do dangerous tasks like go into space or go deep in the water where people can’t. Another fact that I learned is that they can vacuum floors, mow lawns, and more.
    I hope that people will have it easier with robots helping do your tasks. This is all I learned from this article!!! :) :)

    • Great, S Wysocki! It sounds like you learned a lot from the Wonder. Thanks for sharing, Wonder Friend! :-)

  50. I think the video was about how the robot was finding out where he came from. Also, he thought that it would be interesting to find out where he’s from, but it was for nothing. Because if they made such good machines, why was he considered trash?

  51. I learned a lot from Wonderopolis. Like robots can be controlled remotely. Also that the first electrical robot was built by William Grey Walter in England 1748.And a few years later George Devol Jr inventedthe first digital and programmable robot in 1954.Some robots do a lot of things for humans like vacume floors. Those are the things I learned from Wonderopolis and more.

    • WONDERful, F Pappas! It sounds like you learned a lot from this Wonder! Keep WONDERing, Wonder Friend! :-)

  52. I liked your website. What I learn was that the first electronic robot was built by William Grey Walter in England in1948. An American George Devol,Jr. invented the first digital robot at 1954. So reading this taught me about robots so by reading this article i learned alot and enjoyed reading.

  53. I really liked the video. I thought the robot was cute! In the article I learned what a robot is and how important it is to humans. Robots do many dangerous things and can go places we cannot go. They also do jobs that are very hard for us to do or very boring…. like vacuuming. I thought the article was good and it had me think what they will look like in 20 years. I think they will look just like us.

    • WONDERful, S Tremmel! Thanks for sharing your thoughts about this Wonder! We think it is a little scary that robots may look like us in the future. How will we be able to tell humans from robots? Definitely something to think about! :-)

  54. I like Robots because I think they are cool. Robots can do stuff for you like cleaning and cooking, and can give you answers to questions that you don’t know. They also look very cool. In the future there will be a lot more robots that can do many more things.

  55. I learned that Robots are amazing machines because they act almost like a human do sorts of amazing things. Also most robots are remotely controlled. Next the first robot made was built by William Grey Walter in England in 1948. Now some robots are used to vacuum floors, mow lawns, and help to build cars. Also out of LEGO you can build Robots.That is what I learned about Robots.

    • WONDERful, B. Malicki! It sounds like you learned a lot from this Wonder! Keep WONDERing, Wonder Friend! :-)

  56. In this article I have learned that Robots are not just little pieces of metal that people made and that they can do a weird dance also that kids only imagine them is just metal squares. Now I know that they can do more things then we can do, they can do chores, they can go in space without any protection, and they can do dangerous things we cant do. I think robots are awesome and are just going to get better and better!

  57. I learned that robots have artificial intelligence. I also learned that the first robot was made in 1848 by George devol Jr in England. I also learned that lego has made a competition for kids who like to make robots. The last thing i learned is that soon robots will be able to think just like humans.

  58. I learned SO much that I don’t even know were to begin. I am going to keep this short and simple. I learned that robots do dangerous tasks that us humans can’t even do. Also that at some schools, kids learn to build and program robots to do little tasks. That since ancient Egypt, people have wondered how to make life easier. That scientists predict that in the next 20-30 years robots will be able to think their own mind instead of being controlled by a computer.

  59. I really liked this article because I really like robots and I want to know how they would look and act in the future. I also liked it because the article had lots of information on what robots are doing right now and how they can do things that humans can’t accomplish. Finally, I liked it because it showed what a robot is. That is what i liked about the article.

    • WONDERful, Cesar! We are so happy that you enjoyed this article. Thank you for sharing what you liked about it! :-)

    • Hi, Javantae! We’re THRILLED that you’re WONDERing with us about robots! We can’t wait to WONDER with you more! :)

  60. Hi Wonderopolis this was an interesting wonder but is it possible if a robot could kill a human because in the laws of robot ethnics it says robots can not harm a human but is that true that is cant?

    • We love that you’re WONDERing, Gabe! We’re not too familiar with robot ethics, but we hope that robots are programmed to not harm humans. :)

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Can you find a few friends or family members to help you extend your learning about robots by checking out one or more of the following activities?

  • What would you do if you could have your own robot? Would you have it make your breakfast? Do your laundry? Finish your homework? Or would you have it do something special and unique? Daydream a bit about what life might be like with a robot. What tasks would you want it to be able to perform? Be creative! Share your thoughts with your friends and family members. What ideas do they have?
  • Ready to make your own robot? No, you’re not going to need any special tools or equipment. All you’ll need are your imagination, some paper and a pen. That’s right! You’re going to create your robot on paper. Think forward into your future and dream about what part robots will play in your life 20 or more years from now. Will they drive your car for you? Fix you dinner? Play games with you? Babysit your children? This is your vision of the future, and it can be as creative as you want it to be. Draw a picture or two of what you think robots will look like in the future. Then write a short story about what amazing things your robot will be able to do 20 years from now that robots can’t do today. When you finish, post your story and pictures on Facebook to share with your Wonder Friends. We can’t wait to hear about the robots of your future!
  • Up for a challenge? With the help of an adult, why not try to make your own real robot? If you have a remote-controlled car and some walkie-talkies, you can make your own version of a homemade robot right at home. Check out the instructions for how to make your own Homemade Robot Remote Science Project. Have fun!

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Check out Science NetLinks’ Metal Minds lesson to learn more about the basics of how a robot follows commands to carry out a simple task.

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