We've all wondered whether those internet chat support people were robots, but have we ever gotten them to admit that they were robots? Someone just did. [Consumerist]
That is an interesting response. Can a software program running on a machine be classified as a robot? I am on the fence on this one, I guess it sort of fits definition number 3 (see below) but a beige box does not spring to mind when I think "Robot"
1. a machine that resembles a human and does mechanical, routine tasks on command.
2. a person who acts and responds in a mechanical, routine manner, usually subject to another's will; automaton.
3. any machine or mechanical device that operates automatically with humanlike skill.
4. operating automatically: a robot train operating between airline terminals.