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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
electronic device \electronic device\ n.
a device depending on the principles of electronics and using
the manipulation of electron flow for its operation.
Note: Numerous electronic devices are in daily use, among
them the television, radio, computer, robot,
transmitter, receiver, VCR, CD player, etc.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: a mechanism that can move automatically [syn: automaton,
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :
From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :
1. A mechanical device for performing a task which
might otherwise be done by a human, e.g. spraying paint on
See also cybernetics.
2. An IRC or MUD user who is actually a program.
On IRC, typically the robot provides some useful service.
Examples are NickServ, which tries to prevent random users
from adopting nicks already claimed by others, and MsgServ,
which allows one to send asynchronous messages to be
delivered when the recipient signs on. Also common are
"annoybots", such as KissServ, which perform no useful
function except to send cute messages to other people.
Service robots are less common on MUDs; but some others,
such as the "Julia" robot active in 1990--91, have been
remarkably impressive Turing test experiments, able to pass
as human for as long as ten or fifteen minutes of
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