Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Robots at World's Fairs - Part 2

Here's another robot, but he's not as cute as Tik Tok. This one from the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville was based on an industrial robot. That's a theme we'll see followed at a few other fairs in the days to come. Most of them were programmed to do some task usually done by a human - in this case, turning out some artwork. This was pretty advanced for the time, but crowds were usually not impressed. When they heard the word robot they were thinking of ones like Robby the Robot from "Forbidden Planet", the one from "Lost in Space", or perhaps Gort from "The Day the Earth Stood Still". Robots should be able to walk and talk, right?

Even Tik Tok could do that.

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