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James Burke and water clock Robots then and now

Possibly the earliest ancestor of today's robot is the clepsydra, or water clock, which measured time using a flow of water.

Ctesibius of Alexandria, a Greek physicist and inventor, is reputed to have constructed such a clock about 250 BC.

Today, robots in factories do a lot of the physical labour people used to do.

In car factories, for example, one-armed robots lift, weld, and spray-paint cars. They mimic the movement of a human arm and hand.


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