Science and sci-fi geeks come out of the government closet!
In 1950, former spycatcher and RAF officer Tony Sale built George — a six-foot tall robot shaped like a human. George, who was made from metal salvaged from a crashed Wellington bomber plane, was able to do the (at the time impressive) task of steering himself toward an illuminated bottle of beer.
The Daily Mail writes:
Sadly computers of the time were too crude and big to give George memory and intelligence so he was packed away in Mr Sale’s garage in Bedford and left to gather dust. But now after nearly five decades Mr Sale has got the radio-controlled robot working simply by putting in two new batteries and oiling his joints.
‘I dug him out of the garage where he had been standing for 45 years,’ he said. ‘I had a fair bit of confidence he would work again and luckily I was right.
‘I put some oil on the bearings and added a couple of new lithium batteries in his legs, switched him on and away he went. It was a lovely moment.’
George is now being kept at the National Museum of Computing in Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire.
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