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Written in an easy-to-understand style, the book describes the nuances of technological development in a purely scientific manner and provides a social perspective to their relevance for future warfare and for issues such as disarmament and arms control, as well as their impact on the environment. The book begins with a focus on the research going on in several developed countries in the last decade—some of them for nearly two decades now—and then narrows its focus on India and a few developing countries.

Military Robots
Military robots

Evolution of robotics depicts how science fiction ends up becoming a reality. There are incidences as old as from the period dated back to 270 bc when an ancient Greek engineer named Ctesibus made organs and water clocks with movable figures,1 which could be termed as robotic arms in modern day terminology. In 1921, Karel Capek's2 play RUR put the word ‘robot’, derived from the Czech ‘robota’ (forced labour), into the English language.3 Subsequently, the famous science fiction writer Isaac Asimov (1920–1992) used the word Robotic4 in a short story titled ‘Lair!’, which first appeared in the May 1941 issue of Astounding Science Fiction.

Unfortunately, science fiction writers and mainly few Hollywood movies have depicted robots as artificially created replicas of men or ...

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