Do you know the name of the first humanoid robot or the date of history's earliest robot? Or details about the first case of "robot homocide?" If not, read on...
Last year I noted in a blog post a Chicago Tribune article that looked at 10 things you don't know about robots. Well, I recently discovered an article in Discover Magazine with an even longer list of 20 Things You Didn't Know About... Robots.
Surprisingly there's little overlap between the two lists, with only the origin of the term "robot" being on both. The Discover list includes some additional interesting robot trivia such as the first-known case of "robot homocide," the world's first humanoid robot (hint: it "spoke" using 78-rpm records), and a case for history's first robot having appeared quite early - in the 5th century BC.
Other interesting tidbits include Leonardo da Vinci's plans for an armored humanoid machine - explored in detail in the Wired article The Real da Vinci Code - and predictions from Hans Moravec that robots will emerge as their own species by 2040.
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10 things you don't know about robots