My sincerest apologies for missing yesterday's post. I was in D.C. doing some light consulting work for the Battelle Corporation and, well, I missed my deadline.
In the course of the event, though, fellow SF writer John Hemry and I came up with a nonce-word. We were talking about robots and discovered that it caused a great deal of confusion to use the same word for autonomous devices and those that were operated by wire or telepresence by a human being. The jargon for having somebody operating one of those things turns out to be "man-in-loop," so we invented the word milbot for a non-autonomous robot.
Surely, however, somebody's already come up with a term for such devices. Does anybody here know of such a word?