20 Interesting And Bizarre Facts About Robots To Learn Before They Take Over The World.

I visualize a time when we will be to robots what dogs are to humans, and I'm rooting for the machines.

-Claude Shannon

Facts for this article are sourced from Discover Magazine and wtffunfact. Enjoy!

1/21. Robotics expert Henrik Christensen predicts humans will be having sex with robots within four years. No strings attached!

2/21. A Japanese company invented a robot that sits on your back and feeds you tomatoes while you run.

3/21. Taliban fighters in Afghanistan have reportedly used ladders to flip over and disable the U.S. military robots sent to scout out their caves.

4/21. 3 More than a million industrial robots are now in use, nearly half of them in Japan.

5/21. Hans Moravec, founder of Carnegie Mellons Robotics Institute, predicts that robots will emerge as their own species by 2040. They could replace us in every essential task and, in principle,operate our society increasingly well without us, he concludes, oddly cheery.

6/21. A 13 year old made a Braille printer out of Legos after discovering that millions of blind people in developing countries buy Braille devices costing 2K and weigh 20lbs. His prints Braille from computers to paper using raised dots of ink, weighs a few lbs, and costs only $350.

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7/21. Elektro, the worlds first humanoid robot, debuted in 1939. Built by Westinghouse, the seven-foot-tall walking machinespoke more than 700 words stored on 78-rpm records to simulate conversation.

8/21. Les Baugh is the first person to ever control two prosthetic limbs using only his mind. Over 40 years ago he lost both arms in an electrical accident, and now he's made history using his brain to control two robotic arms.

9/21. Researchers are developing a graphene contact lens that lets the wearer see UV and infrared light. The lenses would let soldiers in combat zones spot heat signatures, and doctors could monitor blood flow in their patients' bodies.

10/21. 15-year-old Ann Makosinski won $25,000 for inventing a flashlight that runs on the body heat of the hand holding it.

11/21. In the movie I, Robot, VIKI's intent to take over the world in order to keep all humans safe is in fact known as the "zeroth" law of robotics: A robot may not harm humanity, or through inaction allow humanity to come to harm.

12/21. Because of a design flaw, when Apple III owners had problems (like garbled data) they were instructed to "lift the machine 3 inches and drop it in order to re-seat the chips on the logic board.

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13/21. The Google Driver-less Car has only encountered two accidents. The first was when it was rear-ended at a stop sign, and the second was when a human was behind the wheel.

14/21. The word robot was first used in 1921 by Czech playwrite Karel Capek in his play RUR, Rossums Universal Robots (1921) about the destruction of humanity by robots.

15/21. Leonardo da Vinci drew up plans for an armored humanoid machine in 1495. Engineer Mark Rosheim has created a functional miniature version for NASA to help colonize Mars.

16/21. There is a factory in Japan which can run unsupervised for 30 days at a time. Robots build other robots at the rate of 50 per 24-hour shift. Such factories are called "lights out" factories, because no human presence is needed. FANUC has been operating this autonomous factory since 2001.

17/21. Mike Senna, a computer programmer and Pixar fan from Orange County, California, has spent the last 2.5 years building a real life Wall-E robot from scratch.

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18/21. Archytas of Tarentum, a pal of Platos, built a mechanical bird driven by a jet of steam or compressed airarguably historys first robotin the fifth century B.C.

19/21. Winebot, built by Japans NEC System Technologies and Mie University, can ID scads of different wines, cheeses, and hors doeuvres . . . up to a point. It recently mistook a reporters hand for prosciutto.

20/21. A worm's mind has been mapped and replicated by scientists into a software that's now inside a ego robot.

21. Mars is populated entirely by robots. Seven, to be precise.

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