Connected health

Of automatons and robots – a history in pictures

The dream of robots assisting doctors and revolutionizing medicine is not new. On the contrary it goes back a long way and tells the story of a robot turtle, automats and speaking androids.  

Hildegard Kaulen
Published on April 28, 2021

For 2,000 years we humans have wanted to build machines that look like us. For a long time, automatons were the best that contemporary engineers could produce. Humanoid robots did not emerge until 1970. Prior to that, they belonged to the world of science fiction. 

Mademoiselle Claire in 1912

Mademoiselle Claire

Robots in industry

Robots in industry

Robot turtle

Like a real animal 


Use in anatomy

Robots are mortal too

Robots are mortal too

Key visual for Endovascular Robotics

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By Hildegard Kaulen

Hildegard Kaulen, PhD, is a molecular biologist. Following positions at Rockefeller University in New York and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, she now works as a freelance science journalist for newspapers and scientific magazines.