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 promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
If you didn't realize that PowerPoint presentations are inherently hilarious, you have to see Don McMillan take one apart. McMillan -- aka the Technically Funny Comic -- worked for 10 years as an engineer before he switched to stand-up comedy.
The first Tacoma Narrows Bridge was a Washington State suspension bridge that opened in 1940 and spanned the Tacoma Narrows strait of Puget Sound between Tacoma and the Kitsap Peninsula. It opened to traffic on July 1, 1940, and dramatically collapsed into Puget Sound on November 7, just four months after it opened.
Noting that we now live in an era of “confusion and ill-conceived stuff,” Ammunition design studio founder Robert Brunner, speaking at Gigaom Roadmap, said that by adding connectivity to everything and its mother, we aren't necessarily doing ourselves any favors, with many ‘things’ just fine in their unconnected state.
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