I have a… drone? – 2/2

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Last month, we analyzed the different acronyms and designations we can use to refer to drones, and all the differences between them: from UAV to UCAV, RPA or multicopter.

In this second part of the article, we intend to go one step beyond, and to clarify not only the different kinds of drones, but also the existing differences between them, a robot and an android. They are often not as obvious as it may seem.

DRONES, ROBOTS AND ANDROIDS 

Last month, we analyzed the different acronyms and designations we can use to refer to drones, and all the differences between them: from UAV to UCAV, RPA or multicopter.

 

In this second part of the article, we intend to go one step beyond, and to clarify not only the different kinds of drones, but also the existing differences between them, a robot and an android. They are often not as obvious as it may seem.

 

Drones

 

A drone is an unmanned remotely-controlled device, which is able to perform tasks that go beyond the simple movement of the device. That’s why the term “drone” embraces not only aircrafts, as it is commonly believed, but also terrestrial, water and underwater devices.

 

 

Hence, a drone is any device able to move (by any environment) and able to perform a remote task. This includes taking a photograph, picking up samples, maintenance reviews, dismantling bombs or even planting one (in military tasks), but always under someone’s command.

 

 

Robots

 

On the other hand, the main feature of robots is the fact that they are autonomous. They don’t include a remote control, because their movements, tasks or actions are previously programmed, or either rely on an artificial intelligence system that has established the actions they perform. Therefore, a drone is not a robot, and a robot cannot be a drone.

 

Some examples of robots would be those who are increasingly used in very diverse areas, such as household cleaning and maintenance, medicine (in minimally invasive surgery cases), transportations, or space and maritime exploration.

 

 

Robotic / Robotized

 

Closely related to robots, we have two more concepts, robotic and robotized, which again, are not exactly the same thing.

 

They are used in not fully autonomous devices, or in devices with some degree of reliance. It is an item which is not able to perform a full task in an independent way, but which supports automation; or if it does not, which includes an automated processing layer that assists the person in charge.

 

Some examples would be:

 

Robotic arms: they can be 100% autonomous, for instance the ones used in production lines of big car factories.

 

 

or they can be assistants, such as robotized arms that are used in precision surgery, where the robot performs the movements dictated by the surgeon, but assisting and improving his/her accuracy.

 

 

Androids / Humanoids

 

Finally, an android IS a kind of robot, but with an additional feature: it is anthropomorphic, which means, it has a human being’s likeness. Therefore, every android is a robot, but not every robot is an android.

 

 

Besides imitating the external look of a human being, an android also imitates its movements and behaviors, a fact whose real usefulness has always originated fervent debates, and both for and against opinions.

 

Nowadays, you can find androids committed to domestic work, or able to play sports such as ping-pong, even football. But it is definitely in the science fiction domains where we can find the most attractive androids. Who knows, maybe one day C3PO from “Star Wars”, “Blade Runner” replicants or “The Terminator”’s T-800 will become real.

 

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