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Robots Remembered – 1984

September 7, 2010

Robots West Conference Music Video

I used part of the Labor Day holiday to clean-up some of my video vault. Most of the old Beta and VHS tapes have been converted to DVDs and cataloged but remained unwatched. I decided to post a multimedia video presentation I put together to kickoff the 1984 Robots West Conference & Exposition. It was held at the Anaheim Convention Center and was the first major robot show held on the West Coast.

The show was sponsored by Robotics International (RI) of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and as the founding chairman of the Southern California Chapter of the RI/SME, I was asked to C0-chair the conference. As a surprise,  a small team of us put together the below video, “Robots West – How We Got Here.” It was shown at the opening night launch event, November 1984.

Unfortunately, that was the last it was shown to the public at large. The RI/SME, headquartered in Detroit did not want to risk the ire of all the copyright owners of the music and movie clips we used to produce this robot music video.

YouTube and this blog provide a great place to show-off old and archive historically important videos. I hope this educational and fun presentation does not upset copyright holders. All the songs, photos and films are favorites and used with the greatest respect. The RI/SME is not responsible for this video or its content. The responsibility is mine.

This multimedia presentation was first shown at the November 1984, Robots West Conference. The video is titled. “How We Got Here”

The presentation traces the history of tools and mechanization, real and fictional.

Thanks to the many copyright holders who allow their support content to be used for this educational presentation

I will be adding more info about the conference and the sources for the video content over the next few weeks. The purpose of Innovational Musings is to tell stories about the history and future of innovation. I think this video is a good example of our mission.

Let me know what you think. And if you know of other sources of historical industrial robot materials let me know and I will link to them. Thanks

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