Posts Tagged ‘robot’
Karel Capek invented the term Robot in his 1929 play Rossums Universal Robot, from the Czech word for work. He also wrote a book about his fox terrier, Dashenka, which has been translated into Japanese (with new illustrations).
Photo by Bonito Club at Flickr. The photographers rescued two terrierish dogs at the end of 2007
Robots created by Westinghouse for the 1939 World’s Fair
To keep the peace at home, Keith Hearn had to scold his new robotic vacuum cleaner.The trouble started when Mr. Hearn first turned on his Roomba automatic cleaner. When the device started scooting around the floor, Mr. Hearn’s dog, Argos, attacked it.
Seeking help, Mr. Hearn found an online forum dedicated to the hundred-dollar Roomba buzzing with similar stories of pet assailants. Owners were offering advice. Among the most popular: Chastise the vacuum in front of the dog.
WSJ’s Adam Najberg reports that dogs exhibit a curious dislike for technology, which they often attack. Watch as he negotiates a truce between Sunshine, a Heinz 57 hound, and a Roomba, the robot vacuum cleaner.
And so, with Argos looking on, Mr. Hearn shook his finger at his gadget and sternly called it “a bad Roomba.” Argos appeared to be mollified. “After that, he never tried nipping at it again,” says Mr. Hearn, a software engineer in San Carlos, Calif.