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A History of Humanoid Robots: Imagination, Invention, Social Integration

October 17, 2017, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Posted InCollege of Science and Mathematics

Once considered a frivolous notion relegated to the pages of science fiction, humanoid robot research is being funded by government agencies and industry, and is expected to play a significant role in many areas of society in the twenty-first century. Dr. Lisa Nocks (IEEE History Center), historian of science, technology, and culture, and author of The Robot: The Life Story of a Technology describes the fascinating ways in which this solution to the problem of labor has persisted from antiquity to the present. The lecture is followed by a tour of the home of Charles Shultz, a banker and amateur scientist during the late 19th and early 20th century.