An Android is an operating system designed by Google for mobile devices, providing a customizable interface and access to a vast app ecosystem. In another context, an android is a robot designed to resemble or behave like a human. Unlike robots and cyborgs, androids are physically designed to resemble humans while retaining the controllable functions of a robot. A cyborg is a human with robotic body parts or mental components, and a robot is any guided machine that can perform tasks.
Concept of Androids
The concept of androids is not new, dating back to at least the 15th century, with references to earlier mentions. Leonardo Da Vinci is credited with designing a robot knight in the 15th century. In the modern era, technology has allowed inventors to create androids with lifelike features. Japanese and South Korean robotics companies have led in android development, producing robots capable of walking, smiling, speaking, and singing.
Contemporary androids use silicone skin, real hair, and advanced hydraulics to achieve natural muscle movement, appearance, and even breathing. Walt Disney famously employed animatronic androids for lifelike characters in theme park rides. The 21st century has seen rapid advancements, and some companies suggest the commercial availability of androids for various purposes, although legal frameworks for their commercial application are still evolving.