Robots have been with us for a good while now at least in concept and in recent years, as a slowly developing reality. R.U.R (Rostrum’s Universal Robots), a play by Czech author Karel Čapek published in 1920, introduced the word robot to the English language and depicted robots in science fiction for the first time. Robots quickly became a science fiction staple, notably figuring into the works of Isaac Asimov who developed the Three Laws of Robotics, which governed the story lines of his works like I, Robot:
- A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
- A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
- A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.
Until we can have our own Jetson’s Rosie (my dream! I also want one of their vacuum tube travel mechanisms) or a Lost in Space Robot (Class M-3 Model B9, General Utility Non-Theorizing Environmental Control Robot), we’ll have to suffice with pictures.
- via Year of the Robot