is a robot
that resembles a human
being. The word droid
, a robot in the Star Wars
universe, is derived from this meaning. Pedants maintain that, etymologically
, the word android
means resembling a male human and that a robot resembling a woman should logically be called a gynoid
if sexist language
is to be avoided.
In contrast, a cyborg is a creature which is a mixture of living and mechanical parts.
Examples of Androids in Fiction
Thus far, androids have remained mostly within the domain of science fiction. However, some "humanoid robots" exist.
The robots in R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots), the play that gave the world the word "robot", are androids.
Perhaps the most famous android is Data (played by actor Brent Spiner) of TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation and several spin-off motion pictures.
Movies featuring androids include:
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