Sunday, April 17, 2016

            One of the topics discussed in this week’s viewing and readings is the development of robots. Robots have evolved with the progression of technology throughout the years, which is what also has fueled the improvements of industrialization. The first instance of technology improving our lives began with the printing press, which drastically improved the number of books printed in a day. This thus helped with the spread of knowledge and I think that this has been very beneficial to society as they have greatly benefited from these effects.
The relationship between technology and industrialization began with the mass development of the assembly line for Ford cars. This mass production proved to be extremely efficient as it multiplied the number of cars produced in a day. This creation of the assembly line with the use of machines started the first era of robots. Coined by Karel Capek, “robot” means self labor because it replaces humans with a machine to do one part of the assembly line. Mass production influenced the building of robots, but it was sped up even faster with the creation of computers. Computers play an extremely important role in mass production because they fuel both man and machine, connecting the two to perform vital tasks.
Walter Benjamin discusses the importance that location and ritual have on a piece of art. Benjamin notes that ritual has taken a back seat when understanding a piece of art due to the fact that robots have overcome the need for a specific location and ritual. However, while these values have changed with the role of robots and mass production, this does not diminish the quality of the art being produced.

Works Cited:

Brooks, Katherine. "If The Future Of Art Is Robotics, At Least It Will Be Adorable." The
Huffington Post., n.d. Web. 17 Apr. 2016. Staff, Staff. "Industrial Revolution." A&E Television
Networks, 01 Jan. 2009. Web. 17 Apr. 2016. Staff. "Ford’s Assembly Line Starts Rolling." A&E Television
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"History of Robotics - Timeline, AI, Industrial, Toy Robots, Robotic Arm, Technology." History
of Robotics - Timeline, AI, Industrial, Toy Robots, Robotic Arm, Technology. Science
Kids, n.d. Web. 17 Apr. 2016.

PBS. "People and Discoveries." PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 17 Apr. 2016.


  1. i agree with your statement on your post. The assembly line has drastically changed and needs to go back to being more personally assembled. Not only to put the spirit in every item, but create more jobs as well. Great post

  2. Definitely, the assembly line is completely different nowadays. Now that it's mostly automated, consumers now all prefer "hand-made". Speaking of hand-made, there's also a price hike given by these companies to profit on these consumer demands.

    I also like how you mentioned the Ford assembly line. That was definitely one of the paramount examples of the first assembly lines used for mass production.