Evolution of a Cultural Icon
San Jose Museum of Art
April 12, 2008 – October 19, 2008
Robots: Evolution of a Cultural Icon examines the development of robot iconography in fine arts over the past 50 years. In 1920, the term robot was coined from a Czech word robota, which means tedious labor. Since then, the image and the idea of a robot have evolved remarkably from an awkward, mechanical creature to a sophisticated android with artificial intelligence and the potential for human-like consciousness.
more here; http://01sj.org/?p=383
Jason Van Anden, Neil and Iona – Mixed Feelings, 2003. Image courtesy of the artist