A brief history of robotics - a timeline of key achievements in the fields of robotics and AI, from Azimov to AlphaGo

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The history of robotics stretches from Greek philosopher Aristotle's ideas about automated tools, all the way through to Henry Ford's Model T assembly line and beyond.

We're still far off seeing robots of the like depicted in films such as Ex Machina (or even I, Robot), but the field of robotics and AI is constantly evolving, with new milestones being reached all the time.

Here's a refresher on some of the biggest landmarks in the development of robotics up until the present day.

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