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Robot Dreams Come True.

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"Here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can really see; what is essential is invisible to the eye." -The Little Prince-
As the little prince told us, it is only with the heart that one can see right.  What is essential to us is something invisible to the eye.  But people don't want to see with the heart.  People only believe what is visible to the eye.  Modern technology and society have been originated not from the actual world but from  dreams and imagination.  No one would deny that technology helped to build robots but even before the technology we need the original concept of robots.  In short, dreams and imagination are essential to technology.  The robot museum was founded on this concept. So this museum displays imaginative antique toy robots rather than high-tech robot.  This museum has about 3500 imaginative object d' art.  Let's meet the first robot museum in the world and listen robot story.

The world's first robot museum
Prof. Baek Seong-hyun of Myongji College has been collecting toy robots.  He is obviously a small contribution towards Korea's diversification of display museum contents.  He has revolutionized the fixed idea in our culture; the museum displayed various antique toy robots for the first time.  This museum opened in May 2004, and has some 3500 models on display from over 40 contries including Turkey, Austria and Malaysia. 
It focuses on education beyond enjoyment.  You can  learn about significant developments in 20th-century history and pop culture.  However, everyone in here, from adults to children is offered something precious by just looking at the toy robots.  Toy robots can remind adults of their childhood and they make children more imaginative.  So men and women of all ages love this oddball museum!  This museum was founded even before the Nagoya Robot Museum in Japan, which opened in October 2006.  This means that the robot  museum in Daehangno Korea is world's first robot museum.
On the museum's first floor, you can see the history of robots.  On the second floor, you can the learn culture derived from robots including advertisement and design.

The History of Robots
The bible says God created man, but where did robots come from?  Here, You can learn that the word 'robot' came from a Czech word meaning 'forced labor,' after an author Karel Capek ‘s play "Rossum's Universal Robot" was translated in 1923.  As literary works 's hero such like Pinoccio and Frankenstein was begun creating life, inventors also began to toy with the idea of playing god.
When German silent film director Fritz Lang made "Metropolis" in 1926, he gave birth to the idea of building a human being from nuts and bolts. This movie is on display along with replicas of the metallic female, Maria.  This female robot has influenced Sorayama Hajime, famous japanese illustrator.  He created "Sexy Robot."

Culture and Robot
Toy robot has values in themselves, and it also speaks for the culture of the country. You can see that these toys reflected the spirit and attitudes of each country in such cases as the Swiss machine having a clock face for a torso.  'Super man' appeared in 1930s. The super hero helped people as quick as possible when they cry out "help me!! super man!!" in the cartoon.  And he gave them comfort to overcome the American Great Depression in the real world and stuck in the American.  Super man gained a global popularity, and made a movie of him.
'The Atom' of Japan also gained popularity from all ages of Japanese. It helped japanese to band themselves together when they faceed a crisis. 
In addition, 'Sonokong' in the Chinese fiction called 'Seoyugi' is so important because he was selected as an Olympic symbol.  Robots also in the latter part of the 20th century were useful in advertising.  It advertised batteries, candy, hamburgers and many things in media.
Sometimes toy robots create a new culture.  For example, toy robots give children dream and hope. Nowadays the number of groups sharing the toy robots which they enjoyed in their childhood has increased.  And toy robots have magnified their influence in various fields.  They have improved children's intelligence and desire to be educated as educational friends.  And they sometimes suggest images of future society.  Movies which have these images propose not just a fictional world but a possible reality in the future. Actually, some of these movies have become real .

Imagination and toy robot
The most impressive exhibit in this museum is 'toy robot and his son'.  These robots are very similar to real father and son who hold each other's hands tenderly.  And the toy robot which is able to give a birth seems so imaginative.  In fact, these are unreal things now.  Although this is fictional, they have their own values because imagination causes the evolution of robots and society. According to this evolution, the future robots will catch up to reality.  So we will see the robot which run, fly and resemble us.
The imagination which may seem to be unreal now, will become a great power of people's future.

Kim na-eun  better68@nate.com

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