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A fembot is a female robot. The word itself is a portmanteau of "female" and "robot", and first appeared in the script for the Kill Oscar episodes of the TV show The Bionic Woman. Fembots in the modern sense have existed only in fiction from about the turn of the 20th century. Only recently have androids been created that can be realistically called fembots, such as the Actroid and EveR-1.

First appearances in fiction

The movie Metropolis premiered in 1927, and contained the first female robot to appear on the silver screen. The fembot, Maria, appeared both as a metallic-looking robot and a skin-covered android duplicate of a human woman.

Real fembots

The Actroid is widely considered to be the first real fembot in existence. Animatronic robots have existed in female form for decades, and before that mechanical women had been constructed, but the Actroids were the first of these robots to be interactive. Some Actroid models are capable of having simple conversations with humans, such as asking basic questions and giving directions.

Recently, independent projects such as Aiko have been unveiled that appear to build on the idea of interactivity. As science marches on, existing fembots will only become more advanced, and will eventually be able to walk, talk and have sex just like real humans.

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