Lecture Details

SLAC public Lecture Series

Past Lecture

Robots: Fantasy and Reality

David Grossman , SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
Tuesday, April 24, 2007 07:30 pm
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A irreverent non-technical review of the history of surprisingly animate machines, from ancient Egypt to current times. Areas include teleoperators for hazardous environments, assembly systems, medical applications, entertainment, and science fiction. The talk has over 100 slides, covering such varied topics as Memnon son of Dawn, Droz's automata, Vaucanson's duck, cathedral clocks, Von Kempelen's chess player, household robots, Asimov's laws, Disneyland, dinosaurs, and movie droids and cyborgs.