Helpful robots

The dawn of the industrial age brought many machines to make our lives easier. This innovation came from a desire to get work done faster, cheaply and safely. As we developed mechanical assistance, people started to imagine mechanical assistants.


  • Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries people have imagined machines that can do their chores for them. This idea was around long before the word "robot" existed. Why do you think people have always wanted mechanical helpers?
  • Helper robots are usually depicted as looking humanoid, which means shaped like a person. Why do you think that is?
  • Are domestic robots something we now have, or are they still science fiction?
  • Can we create a robot that truly acts like a person?