Comic 622 - Deep Blue vs. Kasparov
29th Mar 2021, 12:00 AM in The Butterfly Ruby Heist - Part 1
Deep Blue vs. Kasparov
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Microraptor edit delete
Microraptor
A Schmiss is a scar from fencing duels that members of student fraternities at German universities used to showcase.
(However, this has largely fallen out of fashion by now. Personally, I have never met anyone bearing such a scar during my university years!)
I liked the idea of Ruby-Ann using this word as a situationally appropriate exclamation. :-)

And Journey to the Beginning of Time is an old Czechoslovak time travel movie that I like very much. :-D
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Ariane Eldar edit delete reply
Ariane Eldar
Pfffft, don't worry darling, Schmiss is sexy-sexy. And she schmiss a cool-cool hot party after getting her burschendaft-tattoo in her face by Maria-Maschinenmensch-pre-sojarama-robot-pussy. Don't forget to invite me and I wont forget to put dead flowers on your grave, spank me.
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
The "grave" part is the crucial point here.
Ruby-Ann won't be able to show off her Schmiss if she doesn't survive this duel...
lirvilas edit delete reply
lirvilas
lure it into deep water
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
You sorta kinda almost have the right idea....

Wait and see. ;-)
Stilldown edit delete reply
Stilldown
And now, without google-cheating -
guesses for the first robot ever in movies?
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
I know that there has been at least one movie adaption of The Wizard of Oz before the famous one with Judy Garland, so if any such adaption was before Metropolis, my answer would be: The Tin Man!
Stilldown edit delete reply
Stilldown
Quite good, as the Wizard Of Oz was about 1910 ( I haven't checked the date, just said from my fading memory.) Still we might discuss if the TinMan from the Baum Novel is really a robot or more a fairy tale character. Often quoted as first robot is the Houdini automaton (yes, the bondage escapist with the lovecraft connection), but it happens to be very wrong. There are at least three earlier ones (Wizard of Oz not counted among them)
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Wasn't the backstory of the Tin Man that he once was a flesh-and-blood lumberjack, who got all his body parts replaced upon accidentally chopping them off one after another?
In this light, one could also argue that he is technically a very extreme cyborg...

The three earlier robots though... Hmmmm...
Did George Méliès do any movies with robots?
Stilldown edit delete reply
Stilldown
As I say, we might discuss if the tin man is a robot. In the orginal novel he chops of all of his extremties including his head, so nothing is left, not even his brain, that I would expect to be essential for a cyborg.
There was a melies movie about an automaton in the 19th century (probably just a short scene,) but it is lost.
Before the Houdini movie (was it 1919? Have to reread that,) which was kind of fraud as the automaton turned out to be the costume of the villain (still enjoyable to watch, as at least parts of the serial survived), there was the german Elektromensch in the "Große Wette" around 1915/16 by Harry Piel, but sadly it is lost like most of Piels movies, which were kind of action movies of their time. Oldest surviving robot movie that I know of (might be others) is a 1911 british film about a robot chauffeur that even has a space adventure with his car!
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
A robot Chauffeur on a space adventure?
That sounds just awesome! :-D

And the notion of an automation that turns out to be a fraud kinda reminds me of the chess playing mechanical Turk.
There's a cool well-researched webcomic that chronicles this fake automaton's entire "biography".
Stilldown edit delete reply
Stilldown
Yes, I always found it quite sad that the chess automaton is only renembered as prank, although it was a technical marvel - in fact a remote controled artificial arm able to do complex movements while not even be visible to it's operator - even without electricity!
For robot movies, below are the ones before Maria Maschinenmensch that at least survived as image (There's a famous comedian among them.) Some other robot movies lost had some very intresting descriptions:
- An Extraordinary Duel, 1909, two dueling men (one black, one white) who kept destroying each other, but then were reanimated and rebuilt to continue fighting
- The Rubber Man 1909, a robot runs amok through a town buntil he gets short-circuited with water
- A Mechanical Husband 1910, a bride refuses the man chosen for her and fall in love with a robot instead,
- The Electric Leg 1912, a professor builds artificial electric limbs for amputees, and one leg develops a mind of it's own and lead an unwilling amputee into a girl's dormitory,
- House of Mystery 1912, probably first robot policeman,
- Sammy's Automaton 1914, a lascious automaton.

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Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Awesome compilation!
And it's quite interesting that the concept of robots has been around for some time. (Being quite older than the word "robot" in its modern meaning.)
Well, people have been building automatons for centuries. And the idea of artificially created human-shaped objects becoming "alive" also sometimes crops up in mythology, albeit then usually they get animated through divine or supernatural means. (Golems for example, and also various characters in Greek mythology, like Talos or Galatea.)
Stilldown edit delete reply
Stilldown
I recall reading a quite awesome story called the "Future Eve" by Auguste de Villiers written somewhere in the 1870-80ies.
Have you recognized Oliver Hardy as tinman?
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Oooh, it's the one from 1925, right?
It's always interesting to see what actors did before they became famous...
The Doodler edit delete reply
The Doodler
I'm so mad I didn't get the pun, as someone who went on an academic dueling research bender a while back. :D
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
Oh, there's no need to fret if your ability to get my academic fencing-related puns doesn't Mensur up to standards! ;-)
The Doodler edit delete reply
The Doodler
*throws tomatoes at you, with an additional one for the title of this comic, which I just saw*
Microraptor edit delete reply
Microraptor
(Wo)man vs. machine. (Wo)man starts out very confident that (s)he'll win, but very soon the machine turns out to be a possibly superior opponent... ;-)