A display of Shakey the Robot, which was developed in SRI's Artificial Intelligence Center from 1966 to 1972. Shakey was the world's first mobile robot with the ability to reason about its surroundings. The actual robot is displayed in the Computer History Musuem in San Jose, Calif.
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