The word robot comes from the Czeck word rotota, meaning "forced labour". It was first used by Czeck playwright Karel Capek in his 1920 play Rossum's Universal Robots.

His play was about human-like robots that took over the world. This view of robots and their threat to people has remained a popular theme in sci-fi books and films ever since.

For a comprehensive view of the development of the Robot , click HERE to see a timeline of the Robots place in history.

Our use of human technology makes us unique among animals , enabling us to change and manipulate the world around us. Yet for almost as long as we have had technology , we have asked ourselves the million dollar question : can we use technology to "play God" and make living things that have intelligence , feelings and emotions like our own?

To some this is a potential nightmare , resembling the many science fiction films that depict the human race conquered by it's own creations. To others , who try to embody in robots the amazing engineering of living things , the flight of a bird , the song of a cricket , and the elegant movement of a gazelle all pose intriguing challenges. From robot lobsters to mechanical fish , researchers are turning to man himself and the natural world for inspiration. In a fear inspiring way we are wonderfully made , and the robot is our intelligent effort to copy bioengineering that already exists!

Click here to watch movie clip of this ROBOTIC FISH.