The Cold War brought a lot of technical innovation and competition between the Soviet Union and the U.S., particularly in nuclear armaments and the space race, but both sides embraced technology in other ways. We didn't get to see much of what was going on behind the Iron Curtain, but apparently they had a lot of fun designing robots, as you'll see in an article at The Appendix. They were there to not only serve, but to entertain! See a robot grab a beer, another leading a tour, and even more riding in a stroller. This one may be the cutest …or it may be the tour guide. Go see for yourself. -via Metafilter
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