Sunday, August 31, 2014

Notable robots from science-fiction movies and TV shows

Of the 30 robots so far inducted into the Robot Hall of Fame, 14 are fictional robots from science-fiction movies and TV shows.
They include R2-D2 and C-3PO from “Star Wars”; HAL 9000 from “2001: A Space Odyssey”; Astro Boy from the Japanese series; Robbie the Robot from “Forbidden Planet”; David from “A.I. Artificial Intelligence”; Gort from “The Day the Earth Stood Still”; Maria from “Metropolis”; Lt. Comdr. Data from “Star Trek”; Dewey, Huey and Louie from “Silent Running”; Terminator T-800 from “The Terminator”; and Wall-E from the Disney Pixar movie of the same name.
But there are many more notable robots who deserve to be inducted. I agree with IT World writer Christopher Nerney who argued that Robot B-9 from the “Lost in Space” TV series needs to be included pronto.

Here are some lists of famous fictional robots:

21 Hotshot Movie Robots (Entertainment Weekly; Feb. 13, 2014)

Guillermo del Toro: My 10 Favorite Robots (Entertainment Weekly; July 29, 2013)

Top 10 Favorite Film Robots (Geek Tyrant; June 2014)

Photo: “Synthespians. Robots. Cyborgs. Holograms. Computers” by artist Scott Park. You can buy a print of this artwork at

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