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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

Fritz Lang's 1927 movie Metropolis features the first ever female robot to appear on film. The robot, Maria, appears first as a metallic-looking robot, then receives artificial skin to become the 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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