Question by Change this name!: what is the relation of physics to robotics and to green screen technology?
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Answer by Dr. C
First, I’m not exactly sure what you mean by “relationship”, so I’m going to guess you mean the origins.
The term “robotics” was coined by Isaac Asimov, and was an extension of the term “robot”, which was coined by Karel Capel. Asimov was a biochemist, and Capel had a PhD in Philosophy, which is roughly equivalent to today’s PhD in Physics. Early robots were almost exclusively the tinkering of various physicists.
By “green screen”, you could mean “chroma key”, which is a type of traveling matte. You can look at the Wikipedia page,
for more details, but the techniques were developed over time by many people. Back in the early days of film, most of the special effects were developed by engineers, physicists, and chemists. Nowadays, people go to college and earn degrees in film effects by learning all the stuff the pioneers came up with more than 20 years ago.
Another possibility for “green screen” is the green colored monochrome monitor popularized by the IBM 3270. The cathode ray tube was first invented by Ferdinand Braun, a german physicist. After that, it was quite an array of physicists and engineers who progressed the concept of using it to draw images. As for computer monitors, the computer was first developed by physicists, and then a virtual army of physicists, engineers, and mathematicians progressed it.
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