An interesting article cites a study that claims that of the 550 recalls since 1988 of toys made in China, 76.4% "could be" attributable to design flaws. Mind you, it says "could be."
The article, published in China and decidedly pro-Chinese, also says that a Mattel executive apologized to Chinese officials for any "inconvenience" the big recent recall caused Chinese consumers. Call it China fights back. Decide for youself. Are defects in Chinese products endemic or just occasional? And how much should designers in the U.S. take the blame?
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
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