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Unmanned planes dominate the battlefield, yet airliners still have - and copilots - Time was when a uniformed man would close a metal gate, throw a switch, and intone, "Second floor-men's clothing, linens, power tools..." and the carload of people would glide upward. Now each passenger handles the job with a punch of a button and not a hint of white-knuckled hesitation. The first automatic elevator was installed by Otis Elevator Co. in 1924; the things became common in the 1950s.

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Spectrum, IEEE  (Volume:48 ,  Issue: 12 )