A definitive study of the history of robots combines more than five hundred full-color, captioned photographs and diagrams with a handy glossary and informative text as it looks at robots in the world of toys, kits, fiction, film, television, and more and offers speculation about the developments of robotics in the future.
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A chairman of the Automation Hall of Fame and founder of Automation News, Robert Malone has been a leading player in the field of automation for more than 30 years.From Booklist:
This volume examines the uses of robots in popular culture and is presented in DK's signature design--posing a colorful central object against a white background, with captions and boxes explaining what we're looking at. Malone does conclude with examples of real-world robots, but the world of entertainment is emphatically his focus. Deriving from the 1920 play R.U.R. by Karl Capek, the word robot conjures up the wariness we feel toward animated machines, however friendly their design. The potential power we imagine they have has been exploited to dramatic effect, as shown by Malone's section on movies and TV series with robotic protagonists. Some are conventionally alien, such as Gort in The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), and others are comedic characters, such as buddies R2D2 and C-3PO, and all seem to have been re-marketed as action toys. From the tinplate productions of the 1940s to today's computer-driven toys, the robots on display in Malone's fun tour will amuse rather than alarm readers. Gilbert Taylor
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