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The Sly History Of Robots, Pre-Frankenstein To Post-Tesla

Robots have always fascinated us. In fiction or in real life, they crossed our path, for better or for worse. But where do they really come from?

Fritz Lang's 1927 movie Metropolis
Fritz Lang's 1927 movie Metropolis
Nicolas Dufour

LAUSANNE — Whether it's a car that drives itself, a flying-saucer-like vacuum that takes care of the dusting while we're at work, or a kitchen assistant that orders food supplies online, the rise of the robots is upon us.

At public health facilities, there are even robots acting as nurses and entertainers. Though various forms of android machines have been around for years, we are now getting a clearer picture of what life with robots will be like in the future.

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Venezuela-Iran: Maduro And The Axios Of Chaos In The Americas

With the complicity of leftist rulers in Venezuela, Bolivia and even Argentina, Iran's sanction-ridden regime is spreading its tentacles in South America, and could even undermine democracies.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro visiting Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran, Iran on June 11. Venezuela is one of Iran's closest allies, and both are subject to tough U.S. sanctions.

Julio Borges

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CARACAS —The dangers posed by Venezuela's relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran is something we've warned about before. Though not new, the dangers have changed considerably in recent years.

They began under Venezuela's late leader, Hugo Chávez , when he decided to turn his back on the West and move closer to countries outside our geopolitical sphere. In 2005, Chávez and Iran's then president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, signed collaborative agreements in areas beyond the economy, with goals that included challenging the West and spreading Iran's presence in Latin America.

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