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April 17th, 2007
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Robot Hall of Fame
Astro Boy, a member of the Robot Hall of Fame
At the Intelligent Vehicle Tech Transfer conference I found out about Carnegie Mellon's Robot Hall of Fame, established in April of 2003 to recognize excellence in robotics technology worldwide and honor the fictional and real robots that have inspired and made breakthrough accomplishments in robotics. Each year they plan to induct both real and fictional robots. This year's inductees will be announced at a Robot Hall of Fame luncheon on Tuesday, May 15 at the RoboBusiness conference, which is in Boston this year.

I am unsurprised and yet still disappointed to note that all of the fictional robots inducted to date have been robots in tv or the movies (though many of them made their debut in comics or books). It would be neat to see them increase the visibility of a fictional robot that has not been featured on screen. However, given that their jury has a robot actor (Anthony Daniels) and a guy who makes robots for the movies, but only one Science Fiction author (Arthur C. Clarke), I don't see it happening. I am glad to see Sherry Turkle on the Jury though. I almost went to study under her in the Science, Society and Technology program at MIT.

Who would you suggest they put on their jury if you were going to suggest an author or a robot-mad scholar of Science Fiction literature?

What robot(s) would you nominate to the Robot Hall of Fame?

I'm not sure it's a robot, but I think one of the most influential stories in the development of robotics had to have been Heinlein's novella Waldo, which gave name to a whole class of robotic assistants - remote manipulators.

You can nominate robots here, and I hope you do!

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From:mishamish
Date:April 17th, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC)
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I thought the list was depressingly inadequate. I tossed in Daneel Olivaw to try to substantiate it a bit. :-D
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From:sorcycat
Date:April 17th, 2007 04:35 pm (UTC)
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Marvin the Paranoid Android
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From:shsilver
Date:April 17th, 2007 04:49 pm (UTC)
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Not only R. Daneel Olivaw, but also Helen O'Loy.
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From:foms
Date:April 17th, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC)
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How about Jay Score?
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From:spacecrab
Date:April 17th, 2007 05:03 pm (UTC)
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Cory should be on their board.
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From:netmouse
Date:April 17th, 2007 05:37 pm (UTC)
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*nod*

I thought of Cory too.
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From:yellowmouser
Date:April 17th, 2007 05:38 pm (UTC)
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R. Giskard Reventlov, from The Robots of Dawn.
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From:foms
Date:April 17th, 2007 06:42 pm (UTC)
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fictional_robots_and_androids

I'm going to have to think about adding to this.
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From:markeyisapunk
Date:April 18th, 2007 02:38 am (UTC)
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I nomininated the Daleks! I think if I were looking for a robot from literature, I would go with Marvin the Paranoid Android from teh hitchhikers guide series.
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From:boywhocantsayno
Date:April 18th, 2007 03:07 am (UTC)
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I'm shocked that R. Daneel Olivaw isn't already included. And certainly at least one of the robots from R.U.R. should be in there.
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From:boywhocantsayno
Date:April 18th, 2007 03:13 am (UTC)
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Okay, I just nominated Helena from R.U.R. :)
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