From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul> Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2012 10:24:53 -0400 Archived: Wed, 29 Aug 2012 10:24:53 -0400 Subject: Machines From Elsewhere - Robots And UFOs Source: INEXPLICATA - The Journal of Hispanic Ufology http://tinyurl.com/cxcmccj Wednesday, August 29, 2012 Machines From Elsewhere: Robots And UFOs By Scott Corrales In 1920, when Karel Capek wrote the three-act play R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) he probably didn't realize he would be changing humanity's conception of what it is to be alive for generations to come, much less had the word "robot" to the world's collective glossary. Derived from the Slavic term "robota", meaning the work done by an indentured servant, robots have gone on to become a staple of science-fiction. We take their functions and existence for granted, with our own efforts at robotics ranging from industrial mechanical arms to the new wave of lovely Japanese automata. According to our age group, we look back fondly at either Robbie the Robot or Artoo-Detoo and See-Threepio. Perhaps some even remember seeing the graceful "Mar=EDa" making her appearance for the first time in Fritz Lang's Metropolis Only a year after "R.U.R." appeared on the stage, French director Andre Deed created one of the first science-fiction movies involving robots: L'uomo Meccanico (The Mechanical Man), depicting a giant humanoid robot created for criminal purposes, but who is checked by another equally sizeable machine, settling their differences inside an Italian opera house. These original "rock'em-sock'em robots" showed audiences that the mechanical men, while emotionless, could serve the cause of good as well as evil. Rampaging Robots [More at site... ] Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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