They carry out hard work without complaining, tirelessly and precise in their performance. They explore dangerous territory for us, help us with household chores or are just playmates. Robots have long become valuable assistants in our work environment and in our everyday lives.
Depending on their use, modern robots can appear in all kinds of forms. Industrial robots, which are the most common ones, resemble a freely movable arm, some even have two, and are able to perform complex tasks with them. Autonomous cars also count among robots.
In order to overcome reservations against robots, they are often given a human-like appearance. But what makes them real robots? And what are such mechanical beings capable of? Do we have to fear that robots will overtake us humans in the future?