Thursday, May 17, 2007

Robots: The World of the Future (1979)


The 1979 book Robots (World of the Future) showcases the many robotic innovations to come. The intro explains, "few of them will look like the popular image of a robot - a machine in the shape of a human." The image below, featured on page 23, does feature one such robot as "humans and machines work together."


The result [of man/machine parternship] could be just another step along the pathway of human evolution, perhaps an entirely new breed of man, better fitted to explore the Universe.

See also:
Gigantic Robots to Fight Our Battles (Fresno Bee, 1934)
The Mechanical Man of the Future (1928)
The Robot is a Terrible Creature (1922)
Mammy vs Robot (Charleston Gazette, 1937)
Donald Duck's "Modern Inventions" (1937)
All's Fair at the Fair (1938)

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

The image on p. 23 looks like it was HEAVILY influenced by Star Wars. :)

marklennox said...

I had that book!

Loved it - I must see if I can find it in my mothers attic next time I'm over.

OK, showing my age now...

Nostalgia Manila said...

Hello Paleo-Future! Great blog you have here! I've got a blog called Nostalgia Manila and it features everything 70's and 80's and would love to do a link exchange with you!

Hope all is well, and keep up the good work!

Daniel said...

Hey, I still have it! (Spanish eddition) Maybe I should try to sell it on eBay...

EBone said...

I was more interested in the "Power without Pollution" items in the top left corner of the cover. The illustration depicts windmill power.

As the VP of Development for a wind energy company, seeing early renditions of the systems I work with now are fascinating. Any chance you can show those pages as well?

Gordon said...

"The World of the Future" was one of my favorite book series as a kid. Whenever I went to the library those were one of my favorites to read. I'd spend hours pouring over the pages, thinking of what the future would be like.

Man, I want my flying car that will take me to work in an undersea office building and return me to my blimp-house in the sky!

Craig Morey said...

man, I loved that book as a kid. Especially the "V-22 Osprey" style hover ambulance.

Anonymous said...

This book was one of my favs in primary school! It inspired me to study robotics at uni,and Oh boy! I wish i had gone to business school instead!!!