Tin Robots

tin /tin/
Noun: A silvery-white metal, the chemical element of atomic number 50. It is used in various alloys, notably bronze, and for electroplating.

A tin toy, or tin lithograph toy, is a mechanical toy made out of tinplate and colorfully painted by chromolithography to resemble primarily a character or vehicle. Tinplate was used in the manufacture of toys beginning in the mid-19th century. The toys were made from thin sheets of steel plated with tin, hence the name tinplate. They were a cheap and durable substitute for wooden toys.

robot is a mechanical or virtual intelligent agent that can perform tasks automatically or with guidance. The word robot was introduced to the public by the Czech interwar writer Karel Čapek in his play R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots), published in 1920.

The word robotics, used to describe this field of study, was coined by the science fiction writer Isaac Asimov.

Just what do you think you’re doing, Dave?
— HAL 9000

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