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The Westinghouse Electric Corporation
introduced Elektro, a robot with a
humanoid appearance, at the 1938 New
York World’s Fair. The robot was
2.2 meters tall, weighed 120 kilograms
and could be controlled using a
telephone connection. He responded to
voice commands to count his fingers,
blow up balloons, smoke a cigar or
pretend to be a conductor. His
vocabulary of around 700 words
included lines like, “I am Elektro” and “My
brain is bigger than yours”.