Monday, July 25, 2005

Robot Timeline

270BC an ancient Greek engineer named Ctesibus made organs and water clocks with movable figures.
1818 - Mary Shelley wrote "Frankenstein" which was about a frightening artificial lifeform created by Dr. Frankenstein.
1921 - The term "robot" was first used in a play called "R.U.R." or "Rossum's Universal Robots" by the Czech writer Karel Capek. The plot was simple: man makes robot then robot kills man!
1941 - Science fiction writer Isaac Asimov first used the word "robotics" to describe the technology of robots and predicted the rise of a powerful robot industry.
1942 - Asimov wrote "Runaround", a story about robots which contained the "Three Laws of Robotics":

A robot may not injure a human, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

A robot must obey the orders it by human beings except where such orders would conflic with the First Law.

A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law...


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