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OCT 11, 2013 - Popular Science

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The First Robot Patent: A Teslapunk Nav System for Airships

USPTO   On Oct. 20, 1936, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued a patent to one Frederick A. Fowler for a "robot navigator." Although Fowler was a sporadic patent-filer and inventor of no real regard, he deserves some credit—he scored the first patent in history containing the word “robot.” And if anyone had bothered to build it, his navigator would have been a sight to behold. The hardware, as envisioned, wasn’t particularly arresting, and not at all anthropomorphic. See that image up there, of a map with stuff attached to its sides? That’s it. No blinking Edison bulbs for ... Read More

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