Randy Frank is a contributing editor for Design News and has more than 30 years experience in automotive systems including automotive electronics, semiconductors, and sensors. Randy is the author of Understanding Smart Sensors, editor of Occupant Detection and Sensing for Smart Air Bag Systems, an SAE Fellow and former Chairman of Sensor Standards Committee in the Society of Automotive Engineers, and an IEEE Fellow and former Chairman of the Automotive Electronics Technical Committee of the IEEE Power Electronics Society.
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.
Major global metropolitan areas are implementing a vast number of technology, energy, transportation, and Internet projects to make the metropolis a friendlier, greener, safer, and more sustainable place to be.
Here’s a look at robots depicted in movies and on TV during the 1950s and 1960s. We tried to collect the classics here, omitting the scores of forgettable B movies such as Santa Claus Conquers the Martians and Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine. Stay tuned for slideshows of robot stars from later decades.
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