In today's edition of Retrofuturist Flashback, we consider the might of 1960's Mobot Mark II, a remote controlled mobile robot built by Hughes Aircraft company with the aim of carrying out delicate jobs in "areas too dangerous for man, including 'hot' radiation labs."
So, naturally, we see the six-foot, multi-jointed arms of the mechanical mangler threatening the flesh of a human model -- as well as ogling her with its TV camera 'eyes.' Even the machines of the 1960s were sexist monsters! Or, as the original caption describes it, the mobot merely "demonstrates its almost-human actions."
Meanwhile, in the image below, we see the Mobot Mark II as it demonstrates the pouring of a liquid from one flash to another -- via the expertise of a human operator. Are we to assume he was also at the controls in the first photo? My good man, let's find less stereotypical '6os ways to test a soulless automaton rather than probably booze swilling and female objectification.
Robert Lamb is a senior writer and host at HowStuffWorks, where he co-hosts Stuff to Blow Your Mind. An avid science enthusiast, he boasts a deep love for monsters, a hankering for electronic music and an endless fascination for the intersection of myth, history and the natural world. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and son.