The simply joys of a lazy summer afternoon are best enjoyed if a robot does all the yard work for you, and this 1958 illustration presents an image of just what that might entail.
Actually it's a fairly accurate vision of the future, since robotic lawn mowers such as the RoboMow RL850 and the Automower® 265 ACX are out there cutting the grass right now. Modern designs are just a bit more streamlined. And hey, thus far we've avoided the dire consequences presented in the 1969 Gumby short "Robot Rumpus."
Robert Lamb is a senior writer and podcaster at HowStuffWorks, where he co-hosts Stuff to Blow Your Mind with Julie Douglas. He has a love for monsters, an aversion to slugs and a hankering for electronic music.