'Eric The Robot' welcoming a lady in 1931 Photo: KEYSTONE, Getty / KEYSTONE

'Eric The Robot' welcoming a lady in 1931 Photo: KEYSTONE, Getty / KEYSTONE

npr:  Before there was Star Wars C-3PO and the robot who famously warned of Danger Will Robinson! on TVs Lost in Space there was Eric  one of the worlds first real robots. He was built in 1928 less than a decade after the word robot was first used.  He wowed audiences in Britain where he was created and elsewhere in Europe and the United States. And then he disappeared.  Now a team from the Science Museum of London is planning to rebuild him using original archival materials. They have the…

npr: Before there was Star Wars C-3PO and the robot who famously warned of Danger Will Robinson! on TVs Lost in Space there was Eric one of the worlds first real robots. He was built in 1928 less than a decade after the word robot was first used. He wowed audiences in Britain where he was created and elsewhere in Europe and the United States. And then he disappeared. Now a team from the Science Museum of London is planning to rebuild him using original archival materials. They have the…

Radio Show At Olympia In London On 1934 Photo: KEYSTONE FRANCE, Getty / KEYSTONE FRANCE

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Radio Show At Olympia In London On 1934 Photo: KEYSTONE FRANCE, Getty / KEYSTONE FRANCE

Even dead trees cannot withstand it! Here we see an image from 1960 of “a giant robot maneuvered by a human driver … currently being planned by the US Army.”  According to GE Reports, General Electric developed this and other designs for the U.S. Army, who wanted a walking vehicle capable of navigating rough, steep terrain.

Even dead trees cannot withstand it! Here we see an image from 1960 of “a giant robot maneuvered by a human driver … currently being planned by the US Army.” According to GE Reports, General Electric developed this and other designs for the U.S. Army, who wanted a walking vehicle capable of navigating rough, steep terrain.

Eric the robot was one of the world's first modern mechanical men.

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Image: Radio Controlled Lawn Mower In Paris On May 1960 (© Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images) 'Lift your legs or lose your toes, ma cherie.' A radio-controlled lawn mower in Paris in 1960.

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Image: Radio Controlled Lawn Mower In Paris On May 1960 (© Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images) 'Lift your legs or lose your toes, ma cherie.' A radio-controlled lawn mower in Paris in 1960.

Humans have a drive to eat. We have a drive to drink. We have a drive to reproduce. Curiosity is no different, says George Loewenstein,…

Humans have a drive to eat. We have a drive to drink. We have a drive to reproduce. Curiosity is no different, says George Loewenstein,…

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