Robots were so plentiful on the big screen during the 1990s, we had to break the decade into two slideshows. The first runs through 1994 and includes classics such as Terminator 2, Alien 3, and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
With this collection, the debate intensifies on just what is considered a robot. How about an android? Is a part-human, part-machine concoction a robot? How about Edward Scissorhands, a creature cobbled together à la Frankenstein’s monster? We took the wide view, giving you the whole range and letting you decide whether the movie depicts a robot or some other kind of manmade contraption.
Click the image below to see some of our favorite 90s robots.
1991 Terminator 2: Judgment Day: The second film in the series is set 11 years after the first film. It opens with the 1997 nuclear holocaust event. Then the time frame shifts to the year 2029 in Los Angeles where a silvery, skeletal, humanoid machine holds a massive battle rifle. It scans the black horizon of the war-torn terrain, revealing its red, glowing eyes. A battle is in progress between human guerrilla troops and the robot terminators. The sleek, more modern android is composed of poly-mimetic metal, meaning it can take on the shape, color, and texture of anything it touches. It can also mimic human behavior, such as imitating the voices of its victims. (Source: roundtree7.com)
Rob--these slides do bring back memories. The thing that fascinates me about the robotic characters is the computer graphics used to develop the story line. My dream job would to work for PIXAR or some other motion picture concern to develop these 'bots virtually. I think that would be really fun. Great slide show.
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
Neil Fromer is the executive director of the Resnick Institute, a program for energy and sustainability at the California Institute of Technology, working to develop new ideas and research technologies related to providing a sustainable future. He spoke to us about the severity of the current drought in California and how solar energy can help prevent such situations in the future.
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
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