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Are Mechanical Music Instruments "Robots"?
By John Farmer

As an avid reader of Isaac Asimov, who is widely thought of as 'the
father' of robots, I would have to say that mechanical musical
instruments are _not_ robots.

According to Asimov, robots have to follow the three laws of robotics
(which I won't re-iterate here), which indicates that they must have
intelligence and be able to make decisions -- far beyond even the most
sophisticated mechanical instrument, I think!

John Farmer, UK
(New archivist for MBSGB)

(Message sent Fri 5 Sep 2003, 09:17:22 GMT, from time zone GMT+0100.)

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