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10 robots and machines from the history books

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Spinning Mule, 1779

Early robots were born from the need to build machines that could assist mankind in time-consuming tasks. Samuel Crompton's Spinning Mule was a variation of the Spinning Jenny, an invention in 1764 that greatly increased production speed for the weaving industry. The Spinning Mule was the first automated, power-driven (meaning by man) spinning machine. It could weave up to 100 threads at once.