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Got robots on the mind? Or perhaps a mind full of robots…

You don’t have to be a fan of science fiction films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey to have an appreciation—or fear—of robots.

Here at EzFIM, the recent news about Microsoft’s use of robots as added security in their parking lot has turned our minds to thoughts of humanoids, androids and robots in general.

It’s funny to think that robots have been around for over two-hundred years…so the idea of an animated humanoid is certainly nothing new.

A Brief History of Robots

1810Friedrich Kauffman, a German inventor, created the first humanoid robot in Dresden, Germany. The robot was soldier with a trumpet and was a main stay at World Fairs and the like for almost 150 years.

1928Eric, was created by W.H. Richards. Eric’s body consisted of aluminum, and held eleven electromagnets. Powered by a twelve-volt battery, Eric could move its arms and head via remote control or voice command.

1939Westinghouse Electric Corporation created “Elektro,” a seven-foot tall robot that used a record player to “speak” 700 words. Elektro could also smoke a cigarette (remember, this is pre-World War II when cigarettes were touted as almost healthy) and inflate a balloon.

1942Science fiction writer Isaac Asimov coined the term “robotics” in his short story Runaround, which featured his “Three Laws of Robotics.”

1948William Grey Walter created the first robots that were powered electronically. Much like a moth is drawn to light, Walter’s robots, Elmer and Elsie used phototaxis to “find” a charging station when they were low on power.

1954Unimate, the first digitally operated and programmable robot was created by George Devol. This  advancement in robotics paved the way for the modern robot. Devol sold Unimate to General Motors in 1960, making it the world’s first industrial robot.

1956—the term “Artificial Intelligence,” is first coined at a Dartmouth College conference.

1969Victor Scheinman introduces his Stanford Arm. Similar to function to Devol’s invention, the Stanford Arm stands as the first elelctronic computer controlled robotic arm; whereas Unimate’s protocols were stored on a magnetic drum.

1981—The Selective Compliance Assembly Robot Arm (SCARA) was introduced. Developed by Hiroshi Makino, SCARA was important due to its parallel-axis joint, which enabled it to mimic the motion of a human arm.

1992Honda creates the P1. However, Honda did not release news of its invention until 1996, when it unveiled the P2. These robots are bipedal, and a clear advancement for humanoids.

Late 90sKismet is created by Dr. Cynthia Breazeal. Kismet, which is basically just a robotic head, is important to robotics in that it was the first to utilize a social intelligence software system. In other words, Kismet possesses rudimentary social skills.

2014— Robots become self-aware and begin destroying human life as we know it….wait you haven’t heard about this yet?

The human wasn’t kidding. We’re taking over. Just joshing you, homie. We’re here to help.

Relax, I’m just kidding.

The only robots we need fear are the kind that extract information via nefarious web-scraping techniques. These “bots,” can be ruthless in their ability to extract sensitive data from your computer or your company’s mainframe.

You can beat a bot by implementing excessive traffic monitoring, and by implementing file integrity monitoring.

EzFIM: The best FIM solution

In order to keep bots at bay, and your data safe, you need a solid File Integrity Management system, such as EzFIM’s award-winning and affordable product

For more information on how EzFIM can help with security, contact one of our Tech Security experts today at: (855) 393-4666 or email them at info@ezfim.com