The first robot in cinema


#1

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#2

The noseless telephone-face in the poster has a certain appeal.


#3

Does this not count?


#4

Looks like the design could be inspired by existing deep sea diving suits, such as those by Chester E. Macduffee.


#5

The poster at the top automatically made me think of Penny Arcade’s Automata comic.


#6

Robot, or cyborg?
http://www.differencebetween.net/technology/difference-between-cyborg-and-robot/


#7

Boilerplate!


#8

A golem isn’t a robot. More like animated mud.


#9

if they’re going to describe it as “a mechanical figure with a human brain,” wouldn’t the silent “Oz” films with the Tin Man, starting early as 1910, mean he came first?


#10

That’s what I was thinking. Why wasn’t the tin man the first robot?

The 1910 “tin woodsman”:


#11

I’m flattered you used my manipulated image over the original. My robot character, from the book BOILERPLATE: History’s Mechanical Marvel, finds itself in the most interesting places!


#12

That was the first thing I thought of as well!


#13

Best movie non-sequitur of the week:
“Believe it or not, I have been in Madagascar and I know!”


#14

True, although I do recall having seen some of the Golem films mentioned in an encyclopedia of science fiction films. Probably best to be considered as not really a robot, but nevertheless an important precursor which helped establish some of the ideas and themes that would later be associated with robots in fiction.


#15

That probably depends on what animated him. If it was the magic of Oz as opposed to something more science based, I guess he’s not really a robot. I don’t recall if it was ever spelled out, although I’m far from an expert on Oz and its folk.


#16

Loved Boilerplate and happy to give him a little shout out.


#17

Yeah, what IS a robot? When is something a machine vs being a robot? When is a humanoid automaton a robot or something else? Was the tin man some other creature, like an animated simulacrum of a man? But why wouldn’t that type of creature BE a robot? Does it have to be humanoid to be a robot? Does it have to be constructed of parts to be a robot? Are R2D2 and C3PO robots? Are droids different than robots? What about weird things like Terminators, or the liquid terminators: are those robots?


#18

Would we be having this conversation about Pinocchio if he were made of metal instead of wood?


#19

Does it do serf labor? If so, then it’s a robot :grin:


#20

Reminds me of Old Glory Robot Insurance…