What's the difference between a robot and a machine?

Jump to Last Post 1-9 of 9 discussions (12 posts)
  1. Ciel Clark profile image73
    Ciel Clarkposted 11 years ago

    What's the difference between a robot and a machine?

  2. Grace Whites profile image59
    Grace Whitesposted 11 years ago

    A robot has built in battery while the machine is an electronic device that produces work, service or output.

    1. swordsbane profile image61
      swordsbaneposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Machines are not necessarily electronic devices.

  3. content4life profile image60
    content4lifeposted 11 years ago

    Actually there isn't too much of a difference.  They are both machines that are programmed to complete a certain or a variety of tasks.  Although the slight power mechanism of  electronic machines and battery operated machines may differ, they are very similiarly programmed machines that are built to perform.

    1. swordsbane profile image61
      swordsbaneposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      All robots are machines, but not all machines are robots.  Robots function without direct input from an operator.

  4. Graysons Papa profile image60
    Graysons Papaposted 11 years ago

    I think the difference is one of autonomy. Both are machines designed for specific tasks, but how the task gets accomplished separates the two.

    Case in point: Vacuum cleaner vs. Roomba. Even a vacuum as advanced as a 'Dyson' is just a machine; someone has to guide it around. It just sucks...really well.

    By contrast, the Roomba is a robot; It has the same task, but is autonomous in its operation. The user can set the time of day, then forget it. The Roomba accomplishes its task according to a predefined set of parameters but does not require human intervention beyond initial setup and periodical emptying.

  5. Brandon E Newman profile image63
    Brandon E Newmanposted 11 years ago

    Machines help humans perform tasks easier. Robots replace humans entirely. You have seen what robots can do for repetitive assembly positions in factories where precision is paramount. Robotic inspection machines can do the work of many in a fraction of the time, picking out oddballs, and off color or rotten things in milliseconds, blasting them away with little jets of high pressure air. A machine is a fulcrum, wedge, wheel, or combination of those things. A simple machine is useless without an operator. A robotic machine can perform its function unaided.

  6. swordsbane profile image61
    swordsbaneposted 11 years ago

    This reminds me of the question: What is a computer?  Most people see only the idiot box holding in the one's and zero's as being a computer, but an abacus is a computer.  A ruler is a computer.  The definition of a computer is "that which computes"  Computers have been around for a LONG time.

    The only difference that separates a machine and a robot is that the robot is guided by an internal device.  A self-guided missile is a robot.  A spin-stabilized rocket is not.  A car that drives itself is a robot.  An RC car is not.  A machine doesn't necessarily have any kind of internal guidance.  The term "machine" is a broader term than "computer"  A machine, technically is simply something with more than one moving part in it.  Robot's are machines, but then so is a human being.  All machines are not human beings or robots though.

    A better answer is that a robot is a subset of machine.

  7. ramkimeena profile image55
    ramkimeenaposted 11 years ago

    Robot is a highly sophisticated and automated machine  that can  perform high end tasks independently. Robot is also a machine. All robots are machines but all machines are not  robots.

  8. connorj profile image69
    connorjposted 11 years ago

    A robot is a type of machine or indeed a subset of a machine. All robots are indeed machines and not many machines are robots. Yet, I still do not (indeed)  trust the machines...

    1. profile image0
      dxnworksposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      good definetion, thanks Connorj

  9. profile image0
    dxnworksposted 11 years ago

    Machine is a set of metal parts alined for a particular job,
    Where as Robot is a set of few smaller machines with few electronically controlled device such as photo sensor and voice sensors, that can be programed with software for multitasking.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://corp.maven.io/privacy-policy

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)