What exactly is the difference between a cyborg, robot, and an android? I'm incorporating robotic animals and people (that have a sort of consciousness and mind of their own) and I'm trying to figure out how exactly to describe them and what they would eat and such? I googled and found many different descriptions. Sorry I'm new to sci-fi so I thought I'd see what your thoughts are!
OK, I’m sure you’re getting lots of different answers because it’s hard to keep track of everything going on with enhanced and artificial beings. So let’s start with the easiest category to explain.
Cyborgs-Have you seen Teen Titans? They have a character called Cyborg. The backstory for Cyborg is that he is an athlete that was injured and his father saved his life by turning him into a cyborg-a human augmented with robotic parts.
Other notable cyborgs would include Robocop.
Robots- So originally the word Robot was penned by Isaac Asimov. It was used to talk about an artificial human with a positronic brain. It used mathematical computations in order to complete tasks given by humans. Eventually the positronic brain reached the point where robots were able to think on their own. Eventually the term robot shifted to refer to devices that are operated by humans or programmed to operate in a specific way. Think about it as robotic.
Androids-Androids are the evolution of the term robot. An android is an artificial human that is capable of thinking independently and making decisions without being told what to do. The best example of an android would be Data from Star Trek: the Next Generation.