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Robots
Here’s a Servant Out of This World (Jan, 1956)

Here’s a Servant Out of This World
A seven-foot eight-inch robot does its master’s bidding in M-G-M’s new movie, “Forbidden Planet.” Made of plastic and synthetic leather, the robot is animated by electricity. Ears are rotating antennas, and its grillework month hides a loudspeaker.

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Amateur Chemist’s Robot (Apr, 1936)

Amateur Chemist’s Robot
Hyman Cordon, chemical student, of Boston, with a “man” he built out of rubber, glass, and other scraps. It eats food and digests it in human fashion, having heart, intestines, lungs, bladder, etc. It was exhibited at a recent “science fair.” (Int. News)

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ROBOT Planes to FIGHT ENEMY AIR RAIDERS (Jul, 1934)

ROBOT Planes to FIGHT ENEMY AIR RAIDERS

by DOUGLAS ROLFE

Automatic airplanes, steered and flown by special photo cell equipment invented by the Englishman, Mr. Sidney G. Brown, may revolutionize war air raids.

WINGING their way with deadly precision towards the apparently unsuspecting city which is their objective the enemy bombers are alive with bustling activity as the bombing crews take station and prepare for the impending attack.

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Here’s what a ROBOT “thinks” with! (Oct, 1939)

Here’s what a ROBOT “thinks” with!

WHEN you see a Robot obey its inventor’s commands to rise, walk, talk, sing, and smoke, you wonder what kind of imitation brain it has.

The New Merriam-Webster tells you that the Robot’s “gray matter” is made of Selenium, and its chemical relatives, which also make possible all the other modern marvels achieved with the photocell, or “electric eye.” And the same kind of information which ”The Supreme Authority” gives on Selenium is also furnished on the other 91 elements known to the world of chemistry!

For scientific information, turn first to the New Merriam-Webster!

Send for FREE BOOKLET, “The New Merriam-Webster: What It Will Do For You.” G. & C. MERRIAM CO., Dept. 300, Springfield, Mass.

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Radio Controlled Robots Stage a Realistic Boxing Match (Jan, 1931) (Jan, 1931)

Radio Controlled Robots Stage a Realistic Boxing Match

TWO pugilistic robots, built by the Veronda brothers of California, recently staged a furious six round boxing match in which they slugged each other’s metal bodies with all the realism of a human fight. The actions of the mechanical fighters were controlled by short wave radio. At the height of the fray, however, the wires got crossed somewhere. With smoke rising from their innards the fighters lost their heads and began lashing out wildly, dealing terrific clouts with both fists. Finally one robot went down and the other collapsed on top of him.

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Century Old Lady Robot Writes Letters, Draws Pictures (Feb, 1933)

Century Old Lady Robot Writes Letters, Draws Pictures

ROBOTS are not strictly a modern invention. At the left is seen “Miss Automaton,” a robot doll over a hundred years old. When a motor is geared to its mechanism, which is located under the table, the doll writes letters and draws pictures with a pen which it holds in its right hand. In the photo she is seen drawing a ship for the amazement and amusement of spectators.

“Miss Automaton” now reposes in the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, and is the gift of John W. Brock, of Philadelphia, whose father, John Penn Brock, bought the doll in 1870 in France.

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Dancing Robot (Jan, 1949)

Dancing Robot performs a merry jig by remote control. Patrick Rizzo who built it in his spare time, claims the $100,000 creature is the first of its type.

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You’ll Own “Slaves” by 1965 (Jan, 1957)

You’ll Own “Slaves” by 1965

The robots are coming! When they do, you’ll command a host of push-button servants.

By O. O. Binder

IN 1863, Abe Lincoln freed the slaves. But by 1965, slavery will be back! We’ll all have personal slaves again, only this time we won’t fight a Civil War over them. Slavery will be here to stay.

Don’t be alarmed. We mean robot “slaves.” Let’s take a peek into the future to see what the Robot Age will bring. It is a morning of 1965. . .

You are gently awakened by soft chimes from your robot clock, which also turns up the heat, switches on radio news and signals your robot valet, whom you’ve affectionately named “Jingles.” He turns on your shower, dries you with a blast of warm air, and runs an electric shaver over your stubble. Jingles helps you dress, tying your necktie perfectly and parting your hair within a millimeter of where you like it, Down in the kitchen, Steela, the robot cook, opens a door in her own alloy body and withdraws eggs, toast and coffee from her built-in stove. Then she dumps the dishes back in and you hear her internal dishwasher bubbling as you leave for the garage.

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Servo-Servant (Jul, 1961)

So, do you think there is someone in there?

Servo-Servant

Answer to a housewife’s — or fireman’s — prayer is a life-size, remote-controlled servomechanical robot built by Vienna engineer Claus Scholz.

The MM47 can do almost anything from housework to handling radioactive materials or fighting fires from the inside while the operator stays at a safe distance. The 105-pound plastic robot cost about $760 to build.

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First Robot (Aug, 1950)

First Robot in history is said to be this soldier with an automatic bellows blowing a trumpet. It was made in 1910 by Friedrich Kaufman of Dresden, Germany, and is on display at present in the Munich Museum. Clockwork spring drives it.

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