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February 11

What happened on February 11?

In case you’re reading this post with the lights on, you have today’s birthday-boy Thomas Alva Edison (*1847) to thank for that. He was really good with light bulbs and other inventions by his own hand. And as the founder of General Electric, he made a fortune buying inventions from others and perfecting them under his own name, too.

One thing Edison never invented properly are robots.
Did you know that the word ‘robot’ was introduced by Czech writer Karel Capek?
Today marks the anniversary of BBC Television’s first ever science fiction television programme production; an adaptation of Capek’s play R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots).

A Dutch programmer created a nasty ‘robotic’ program called the “Anna Kournikova Virus” in 2001. Millions of e-mails were infected by a trick photo of the tennis star containing malware.

Although photography was William Fox Talbot‘s (*1800) speciality, we can be pretty sure the picture was not made by him.

A legend never really troubled by robots is Burt Reynolds (*1936). And heck, if a robot would ever cross his path, it would be a bad day for the robot!

We’re not quite sure what sort of relation Taylor Lautner (*1992) and Jennifer Aniston (*1969) have with photography or robots, but they sure do look stunning on every picture taken!



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Birthdays & events January 1

What happened on February 11?

Birthdays February 10

Thomas Alva Edison
William Fox Talbot
Burt Reynolds
Taylor Lautner
Jennifer Aniston

Events February 11

The “Anna Kournikova Virus” was created
BBC’s first science fiction production was released (the adaptation of Capek’s play R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots)