Robotics is the study of using machines to cause some action to take place. Some sort of programatic control (whether clockwork or computer) is implied.

A Civilization advance.
Isaac Asimov coined the term 'robotics' to describe the design and building of machines capable of performing human activities. Though Asimov envisioned mechanical humans (many of them more admirable than the biological humans they worked with), to date robots are essentially computer-controlled machine tools that can be programmed to perform relatively simple tasks. These primitive robots are especially useful for work that is monotonous, dangerous, or tiring for humans. Recently, robotics experts have begun designing machines that can sense changes in their environment and take limited independent action based on this information.
Prerequisites: Computers and Plastics.
Allows for: Space Flight.

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