We tend to think of robots as machines that replace or substitute for human beings when there is hazardous, repetitive, or just boring work that needs doing. Our habit of attaching human characteristics and behaviors to robots is fairly recent ? at least that’s what we thought until we saw these images. . .
Artist Boris Atrzybasheff had an wonderful talent for drawing and illustration. Long before Wil Smith started chasing AI equipped terrorist robots, in fact, long before Wil Smith was even born, strange and wonderful robot-like machines were stalking the the inner reaches of Artzybasheff’s mind.
His ‘Machinalia’ drawings turn machines and factories into a Disneyland of the mind. And, surprisingly enough, they were all originally published in the 1950’s.
Here are a few teasers to get you going, then be sure and jump over to the ASIF A-HAA website to many, many more images that would feel right at home in a robotic version of Alice in Wonderland.
Kind of looks like me busy working
on Robots Dreams.
Artzybasheff's Machinalia Images via A-HAA!