Been reading "Flesh and Machines" by Rodney Brooks.
Here's a part that I found particularity intriguing on the subject of
"It is a small humanoid, the size of a ten year old child. Under remote
control by a person, it can walk, reach, and grasp, and via a closed-circuit
television system the operator can talk to people and see their expressions.
It does not operate as an autonomous robot, but it is intended that the
audience should think that it is."
There's also a footnote referring to the name:
"Surely this is a tribute to the science fiction writer Isaac Asimov."