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Machines From Elsewhere - Robots And UFOs

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


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

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

Rampaging Robots

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