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Robotics Timeline

Landmark Images of People and Technology in Fiction, 1968-1978

1968 [EARLY INDUSTRIAL ROBOTS]
Richard Brautigan: 'All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace' (poem): elegiac blending of Nature and Technology or ironic?
Martin Caidin: The God Machine (novel): development of computer consciousness
Philip K. Dick: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (novel): blurred distinction between life and mechanism
Michael Frayn: A Very Private Life (novel): dystopian vision of automation
Stanley Kubrick: 2001: A Space Odyssey (film): HAL the computer kills crew
Robert Silverberg: 'Going Down Smooth' (story): robotic psychiatrist
John Sladek: The Reproductive System (novel): machines can self-reproduce
1969 [FIRST MANNED MOON LANDING; MICROPROCESSOR]
John Brunner: The Jagged Orbit (novel): over-dependence on technology
Philip K. Dick: 'The Electric Ant' (story): man awakes to discover he's a robot
1970 [POCKET ELECTRONIC CALCULATOR]
D. G. Compton: The Steel Crocodile (novel): benevolent repression with technology
Norman Corwin: 'Belles Lettres, 2272' (story): machine -produced literature
Philip K Dick: We Can Build You (novel): blurred distinction life and mechanism
Ira Levin: This Perfect Day (novel): dystopia
1971 [COMMERCIAL MICROPROCESSOR]
The Andromeda Strain (film, based on novel by Michael Crichton 1969): claustrophobic vision of scientists dwelling underground, dwarfed by machines
Richard and Nancy Carrigan: The Siren Stars (novel): development of computer consciousness
John Sladek: The Muller-Fokker Effect (novel): computers produce visual art
1972 [EARLY VIDEO GAMES]
David Gerrold: When Harlie Was One (novel): development of computer consciousness
Ira Levin: The Stepford Wives (novel, filmed 1975): women replaced by robots
1973 Westworld (film) with Yul Brynner: robots go out of control
1974 Isaac Asimov: 'That Thou Art Mindful of Him' (story): robot develops judgement
Barrington J Bayley: The Soul of the Robot (novel)
John Carpenter: Dark Star (film), novelized by Alan Dean Foster: smart bomb on board spaceship has to be talked out of exploding prematurely
Robert Pirsig: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (novel)
1975 [FIRST MICROCOMPUTERS]
Isaac Asimov: 'The Life and Times of Multivac' (story): computer which runs peaceful society is shut down by people who feel like slaves
John Brunner: The Shockwave Rider (novel): benevolent repression with technology
1976 Isaac Asimov: 'The Bicentennial Man' (story): robot produces carvings; blurred distinction life/mechanism as robot becomes more humanlike
1977 George Lucas: Star Wars (film): technological extravaganza
Frederik Pohl: Gateway (novel): robotic psychiatrist
1978 ['PERSONAL COMPUTERS' FIRST RETAILED AS SUCH IN U.K.]

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