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Welcome to the Paleofuture blog, where we explore past visions of the future. From flying cars and jetpacks to utopias and dystopias.

Manufactured Working Robots (1980s)

Manufactured Working Robots (1980s)

DC-1: Drink Caddy Robot (1979) - Android Amusement Corp

The Robot Exhibit: History, Fantasy and Reality was at the American Craft Museum (now the Museum of Arts and Design) from January 13, 1984 - May 11, 1984. These six robots appeared as the "manufactured working robots" of the exhibit and are featured in the book The Robot Exhibit: History, Fantasy and Reality. The manufactured robots were differentiated from the "handmade working robots" in that they were manufactured by corporations in an effort to educate, entertain or perform a specific function.

These robots seem to demonstrate the way in which we believed robots would evolve; as domestic servants, meant to cater to our needs through very literal, real-world applications. "Bring me another drink, TOT!"

It appears that some of the companies that produced these robots, like RB Robotics, are still around.

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Topo (1983) - Androbot, Inc.

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ComRo I (1981) - ComRo, Inc.

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Tot (1982) - ComRo Inc.

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Robocycle (1983) - Robot Repair (Sacramento, CA)

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RB5X: The Intelligent Robot (1982) - RB Robot Corporation

Women of the Year 2011 (1911)

Oil and Gas Will Eventually be Exhausted (1909)

Oil and Gas Will Eventually be Exhausted (1909)