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Robophobia, robotaphobia (from Czech word robota, meaning "drudgery") is the fear of robots, drones, robot-like mechanics or artificial intelligence. It frequently results in a panic attack and can be triggered by viewing a robot, being near a robot, or even just talking about robots. Some robophobic patients will find their anxiety levels rise when they are near most any autonomous machine, especial human-looking robots. They will avoid certain machines and computers and will prefer hardwired telephones over cellular phones such as smart phones that can sense location, position, etc.

According to the book Phobias: A Handbook of Theory and Treatment, published by Wile Coyote, between 10% and 20% of people worldwide are affected by robophobia. Even though many of them have severe symptoms, a very small percentage will ever receive some kind of treatment for the disorder.

Robophobia typically develops during childhood and teenage years and many sufferers believe that robots may eventually take over the world, which in reality it might occur.

Robophobia can have symptoms include inability to think, sweating, light-headedness, headache, trembling, rapid heartrate, increased blood pressure, fainting, nausea, choking sensation, chest tightness, and an urge to go to the toilet.

Famous people whose suffered robophobia include Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates.

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