History of AI & Robotics

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Honda's ASIMO Robot buckling on the stairs | 2006

One of the most infamous moments in robot history. It's also a testament to how difficult bipedal locomotion was for engineers before the 2010s.

It's also telling how stiffly ASIMO falls over. It looks so much like a toy, further demonstrating the vast cliffs of advancement engineers would have to climb before machines could reasonably resemble humans.
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1960s Automatic Hamburger Machine - 50 Years Ahead of Its Time!

This is so 1950s-1960s. And it's true, this is absolutely ahead of its time. I can barely trust modern day automation because I know that there are so many potential variables and glitches. In this much more analog era, I'm surprised it even works at all. Just a piece of evidence that mechanical systems are enough to make people excited for automation even though we need advancements in digital computing to make it competent.
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From the perspective of a 2021 futurist, it's actually rather sad to view cutting-edge sci-tech from previous decades because I know the ambition far outweighs the capability.

It's why I'm so fascinated by robotics, AI, video games, and whatnot from the 1950s and '60s (and before). It involves a complete illusion, a magic trick even, just to make these things look like they work. Digital IT was so ridiculously, cataclysmically weak that computers from that era come across to me as being electric bricks.

It's still the case in the 1980s. It's melancholic to watch people work on these things with the knowledge that the hardware was far too weak for them to find any real progress. It's just as melancholic to hear the words of futurists eager to see where these tech dreams go, hoping that the true breakthroughs are just around the corner. I can really feel that historical irony and tragedy of the proverbial futurist from 1969 being discouraged by the lack of progress in AI & robotics but confident that general purpose machines are just a decade or two away.

Robots today are actually qualitatively better due to utilizing machine learning, and even that still brings loads of problems and limitations because for as powerful as machine learning is, it's still not powerful enough. We've reached a point where computers are consistently able to match human cognition in specific areas without any tricks, but we're still years away from the point where computers can do a multitude of those tasks without supervision or theatrical preprogramming. Hence why I say robots from the 1980s like this one are basically magic tricks wrapped in plastic.
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