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Posts by Colin Fanning

Robots Revisited

ComRo Inc.’s “Bumpy” (a 1978 remote-operated personal robot) greeted visitors at the entrance of The Robot Exhibit. Photo by Ralph Gabriner.

The Mars Curiosity Rover could easily have been a clinical vehicle of science now appears as an intrepid, curious robot, eager to live up to its name (and to send us fantastic high-res pictures of the Martian surface). Robots have been part of the public consciousness for a long time, in formats both science and fiction. MAD—then the American Crafts Museum, or ACM—was one of the first American museums to mount a comprehensive exhibition on the topic (so the museum’s press releases claimed, at least). Meet some of the rover's predecessors, Robots circa 1984.

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