Talk:Android (robot)

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George Lucas coining the term droid vs. popularizing it

It is generally believed that George Lucas came up with the word Droid, as a contraction of the word Android. While he without a doubt popularized it through the movie Star Wars, he was not the first person who came up with the term. There are multiple examples to be found using Google Books searches, but the clearest is the following one:

The Magazine of Fantasy and Science-Fiction, 1957, issue 13

On page 40 you will find the following line:

"And then suppose you were to get a good droid mechanic to convert them[...]"

Looking around that same page, you'll find that the droid is without a doubt a reference to an android/robot. The magazine is also a sci-magazine, so it can't be said that Lucas was truly the one to coin the term even in a sci-fi setting. With all that being presented, would it be prudent to change 'coined' to 'popularized' in the article. — Preceding unsigned comment added by SimmerALPHA (talkcontribs) 12:35, 16 October 2014 (UTC)

What is an android Buflesh (talk) 17:00, 28 May 2016 (UTC)

What is an android Buflesh (talk) 17:00, 28 May 2016 (UTC)


The article mentions Phil Dick for coining the term "andy". He also used the word "ant" in the short story "The Electric Ant", in which the protagonist is initially unaware that he is an electromechanical construct instead of a human being. Maybe not worth putting in the article, as I've never seen it catch on, but I just thought I'd mention it here. --BjKa (talk) 09:30, 13 March 2015 (UTC)

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Some more examples of androids


I found the article was lacking in some android examples that are worthy of mention, and I also noticed that the only two photographs of humanoid robots displayed in the article are more specifically of gynoids and are therefore more appropriate for the article with the same name. So, I thought I would bring up some of the examples I had in mind here, some of which are also a bit more well known. One being the Geminoid HI-1, developed by Hiroshi Ishiguro, director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory, and was created as a copy of himself. The robot was also featured already back in 2008 by James May in his BBC2 documentary on robots Man-Machine in May's series Big.

Another example is 'Philip', an android featured in an episode of Nova Science where it was interviewed (so to speak). The interview, by the way, took place years before 'Sophia'.

Another doppelganger android is the Geminoid DK made after the appearance of professor Henrik Schärfe, used for researching human-robot interactions.

The article could also do with some images of these.

Thank you Okama-San (talk) 00:16, 2 February 2019 (UTC)

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