Here is the full Max Fleischer "Talkartoon", from 1932, titled: "The Robot". It features Fleischer character Bimbo, and his girlfriend, a prototype of the little girl who became Betty Boop. What is just magical about this clip, is how it
portrays the classic American garage-based entrepreneur, who builds a product prototype in his garage. And in this case, the prototype is a *helpful* robot, that assists Bimbo in achieving his number one goal - getting his girl to marry him!
What I like so much about this story, is how it is both very classical, and very modern at the same time. It's the David and Goliath story, the Boy-gets-the-Girl story, and the story of the successful American tinkerer, all roled up into one.
Plus, it provides a very clear picture of how robotics *should* work (and perhaps can work), only just 11 years after the word "robot" came into English, from Karel Capek's play, "R.U.R". "R.U.R." was more like Frankenstein and Blade-Runner - stories
of malevolent robotic inventions that turn on their creators.
Note: It is my understanding that this Max Fleischer "Talkartoon" is in the public domain. I am not seeking to profit by offering this video. Remember, it was
made in 1932, at what is near the depths of the global economic depression of the 1930's. But this curious decade was also a time of great innovation. (Note that Bimbo has a two-way "Television", which he has also built in his garage!) This
decade of economic depression also saw the development of the magnetron (the tube that makes microwave ovens and radar work), television, talking pictures (movies with sound), and the discovery of the atomic partical known as the neutron, which made modern
atomic theory make sense, and allowed for the engineering of nuclear weapons and nuclear power. I live in the Province where the first Niagara Falls A/C power stations supplied the first electricity to cities, but now, more than 50% of all our electricity
comes *directly* from nuclear power stations. I could not be typing these words, without I was hard-wired to a nearby nuclear power reactor that generates our electricity.
We need to understand, that robotics and AI are and will be a bit like
nuclear power. Used wisely, it will offer great help to all of us. We should aim for Fliescher's vision of the future, and focus our AI efforts on making helpful robotic agents.