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10 Primitive Historical Attempts At Creating Robots


Who doesn’t love robots? Forget what The Terminator taught you: the history of robotics is full of adorable metal scamps that have never wanted anything more than to peacefully serve humans. Just look at primitive robots from history such as the Digesting Duck of 1739. This manufactured waterfowl simply existed to eat and poop for the entertainment of onlookers – including a very impressed Voltaire.

And the first robots did much more than merely digest. As the list below reveals, early robots served tea, smoked cigarettes, played the trumpet, prayed, and shook like they had delirium tremens. Why inventors put together these mechanical men – and animals – is something of a mystery. Perhaps they were looking for ways to automate everyday tasks; maybe they were just curious to see if they could make an approximation of life. Whatever their intents, these creators made some truly remarkable mechanical devices.

How could anyone find these automatons from history threatening? Read on for examples of primitive robots that are definitely not destined to be humankind’s future overlords.

 

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