Robot With Mechanical Brain Thinks Up Story Plots (Mar, 1931)
And if you chip some teeth off a few of the gears you end up with Momento.
Robot With Mechanical Brain Thinks Up Story Plots
FORMERLY robots were merely mechanical devices that could perform a variety of stunts under the guidance of a human being, but now a robot has made its appearance that thinks, has a soul of a kind, creative imagination, and other qualities necessary for writing a modern stereotyped short story.
OUR HEARTLESS FRIENDS THE ROBOTS (May, 1963)
Excellent article and pretty accurate too. I loved that they made the early robots pay dues to the machinists union!
OUR HEARTLESS FRIENDS THE ROBOTS
By D. S. HALACY, JR.
WHEN a clock manufacturer needed production line workers recently for a ticklish assembly job, he ordered them from a firm called U.S.I. Robodyne. The workers weighed a bit over 50 pounds, and the clockmaker didn’t hire them—he bought them outright for about $2500.00. Slavery Involving midgets? No, these workers, each doing a man’s or woman’s job, are robots produced by the Robodyne Division of U. S. industries, Inc., at Silver Springs, Md. These “TransfeRobot 200″ mechanical midgets, while not the first automated devices to displace human workers, are unique in some respects. First, they are not custom made, but are standard “off-the-shelf” items available immediately.
Aluminum Man Startles London (Jan, 1929)
Do you think the RUR on his chest stands for Rossum’s Universal Robots? Or do you think it is the union of Richards and Reffell, the “inventors’” names?
Aluminum Man Startles London
He talks, walks, stands, sits down, rolls his eyes and waves his hands, but he isn’t a man at all — nothing but a mechanism of steel and aluminum, cables and gears and electric motors! His life-like actions astonished London at a recent scientific exhibition.