Learn About the History of Robots in Real Life
Robots weren’t always part of life, but Sci-Fi made the rules. Learn more here!
Have you ever watched a science fiction movie? Most of the time, it’s shortened to just “sci-fi.” This genre of film was one of the first to become popular. Robots were a major theme in those early movies—some were made way back in the 1880s!
In early movies, robots mostly fell into two categories: passive servants to people or unstoppable evil destroyers. There wasn’t much in between. As time passed, the evil robots kind of took over—world destroyers bent on obliviating all humans. It kind of got boring. But we all know robots aren’t boring! So here is a list of some movie robot facts and why we can’t get enough robots in movies!
- When films were first being made, the word robot didn’t exist! They were generally called automatons. A play on the word “automation.”
- The word “robot” was coined in 1921 in the play by Karel Capek called Rossum’s Universal Robots. “Robot” comes from the Czech word “robota,” which means “forced labor.” Because a lot of early robots served as slaves.
- The 1927 film Metropolis was one of the first to have a robot as an actual character and not just in the movie as a force of destruction.
- Isaac Asimov was the first person to create rules about how robots should behave in sci-fi. He wrote nearly 30 sci-fi novels during his life. His rules are:
- A robot may not injure a human or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
- A robot must obey orders given 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 Law.
- There are almost 10 million robots in use around the world today.
From car assembly lines to vacuuming the kitchen, robots are becoming smarter and smarter and science fiction is becoming real life. Where have you seen robots in your day-to-day life? What were they doing? What do you wish you had a robot to do for you?