Why don’t we have robots taking care of our every need by now? A little history of the field of robotics might help you understand how hard it is to get machines to perform tasks, and how far we’ve come in just a few decades.

Why don’t we have robots taking care of our every need by now? A little history of the field of robotics might help you understand how hard it is to get machines to perform tasks, and how far we’ve come in just a few decades.

Decades of research and speculative fiction have led to today's computerized assistants such as Apple's Siri.<br />

Decades of research and speculative fiction have led to today's computerized assistants such as Apple's Siri.<br />

Fusion presents a supercut of the history of robots in film from 1921's The Mechanical Man through the 2014 film Interstellar with many film favorites between the two.

Fusion presents a supercut of the history of robots in film from 1921's The Mechanical Man through the 2014 film Interstellar with many film favorites between the two.

Attack of the Vintage Toy Robots! Justin Pinchot on Japan’s Coolest Postwar Export | Collectors Weekly

Attack of the Vintage Toy Robots! Justin Pinchot on Japan’s Coolest Postwar Export | Collectors Weekly

Black German Soldier in WW1 A group of articles describing numerous contributions by black American, French colonial, Scottish, British, African, and Asian soldiers in military service around the world.

Black German Soldier in WW1 A group of articles describing numerous contributions by black American, French colonial, Scottish, British, African, and Asian soldiers in military service around the world.

The Steam Man was created in 1868 by famed inventor John Brainerd. As the world's first robot, its significance cannot be overestimated.

The Steam Man was created in 1868 by famed inventor John Brainerd. As the world's first robot, its significance cannot be overestimated.

A History of Robots That Includes Early Examples Like an 18th-Century Mechanical Pooping Duck

A History of Robots That Includes Early Examples Like an 18th-Century Mechanical Pooping Duck

A Brief History of Robots Making Music, From Ancient Egypt to Modern Day Berlin | Thump

A Brief History of Robots Making Music, From Ancient Egypt to Modern Day Berlin | Thump

History of Legos Blocks  By Keri Honea, eHow Contributor  History of Legos Blocks thumbnail	  History of Legos Blocks    Lego blocks are plastic construction building blocks that can be used to create a variety of structures--from simple houses to complex pirate ships to even working robots. The toy originally hailed from Denmark, but it has appealed to children and adults all over the world.

History of Legos Blocks By Keri Honea, eHow Contributor History of Legos Blocks thumbnail History of Legos Blocks Lego blocks are plastic construction building blocks that can be used to create a variety of structures--from simple houses to complex pirate ships to even working robots. The toy originally hailed from Denmark, but it has appealed to children and adults all over the world.

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