In the nearly 100 years since Czech playwright Karel Čapek borrowed the phrase “robot” from his brother Josef and introduced it to the lexicon, the relationship between man and machine has become endlessly complex and world-defining. Robotic limbs are a particularly great example of this.
Most of our modern innovations have been shaped by the fact that, nearly 60 years ago, someone figured out a way to program a machine to function like an arm—redefining the role of industry in the process.
We’re gonna pick up the thread here and tell you all about this fundamental device. We’re getting bendy up in this joint.
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