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The Importance of Robots
By Jason Chavis, eHow Contributor
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Robots in antiquity and through the Middle Ages were used primarily for entertainment. However, the 20th century featured a boom in the development of industrial robots. Through the rest of the century, robots changed the structure of society and allowed for safer conditions for labor. In addition, the implementation of advanced robotics in the military and NASA has changed the landscape of national defense and space exploration. Robots have also been influential in the media and profitable for toy manufacturers.
History
Robots began as entertainment for royalty. Inventors such as Al-Jazari and Leonardo Da Vinci worked to build automatons for their benefactors. Al-Jazari built a floating band that resembled humans and performed various songs and drum beats depending on the programming of a series of pegs. Da Vinci created a automaton based on the knight's armor. It could stand and move its arms and neck, as well as open its mouth.
It wasn't until 1961--when an inventor named George Devol installed his robot, Unimate, into a General Motors factory in Trenton, New Jersey--that the first modern industrial use of the robot was attempted. Unimate...

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