ABC Evening News for Tuesday, May 10, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(Los Angeles, California: John Martin) Modern society's love affair with robots featured; scenes shown of robotic arm dancing a ballet, choreographed by using computer. Scenes shown of talking robot in Tri Star Pictures' "Short Circuit". Exs. of robot uses shown: as orderlies in San Diego, California, hospital; as repair devices in space; as assembly line workers in auto plant. [Odetics, Incorporated, spokesperson Thomas BARTHOLET - says we are long way from science fiction descriptions of robots as near-humans.] [SRI International spokesperson David NITZAN - praises dexterity of human hand.] Robotic hands shown. Use of experimental robot by quadriplegic illustration [Earl JOHNSON - says robot makes him more indep.] [Robotics engineer Michael VAN der LOOS - comments,] Computer-directioning of robot illustration [Dr. Margo APOSTOLOS - discusses beauty of the machine.]