Episode 28 Contest - Who's your Favorite Celebrity Robot

Episode 28 Contest - Who's your Favorite Celebrity Robot

Postby Sabine Hauert on 19 Jun 2009, 10:28

Most of us robotics fans are Sci-Fi lovers, diving into futuristic stories for inspiration. That's why we want to give you a chance to win your favorite Sci-Fi DVD or blueray. Just let us know, by answering to this post, who your favorite movie robot is and motivate it with text, pictures, movie snippets or nothing. The winner will be the one who proves to be the most assiduous Sci-Fi lover. The competition will be open until the 2nd of July 2009.
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Re: Episode 28 Contest - Who's your Favorite Celebrity Robot

Postby nano on 20 Jun 2009, 19:45

WALL-E ... because he can love.

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Re: Episode 28 Contest - Who's your Favorite Celebrity Robot

Postby Johnny 5 on 23 Jun 2009, 14:33

Well, in my case I guess that's fairly obvious ...

Anyway, here is my favorite robot of the year so far:

The first humanoid robot I've seen that would actually be useful in my house!

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Re: Episode 28 Contest - Who's your Favorite Celebrity Robot

Postby IKE on 28 Jun 2009, 21:29

There are many robots from sci-fi films or novels that easily come to mind as favourites, from the popular ones like the Terminator T-800 to the not so famous ones (like the amazing AMEE robot from the movie "Red Planet") but if I have to choose one, my decision is effortlessly the HAL from 2001:A Space Odyssey:


The image above is the minimalistic but yet so powerfull interface of HAL. Many may say that this is a computer and not a robot. However as described in the film and even with greater detail in the novel (and with additional information in the 2010 and on novels) the HAL is much more than simply a computer. It is the singularity point of the AI where it becomes self-aware and it is comparable (even superior) and in a way an indiscreet part of the human intelligence as a whole.

By many a robot is defined as an artificial intelligence with the ability to interact by physical means with its environment. HAL is in charge of the spacecraft that travels to Jupiter in order to contact with an otherworldly intelligence, so not only has the ability to interact through the spacecraft systems with the crew on board, it has life and death power over them and it ultimately represents the humanity.

If someone reads superficially the synopsis of the movie or the novel's, HAL appears as a "crazy villain" in a b-movie kind of way, but through the description of its nature and actions in the film and the respected books it appears that it is the ultimate robot, the one that surpasses the phase of an infant and overcomes its maker.

some links:

http://www.kubrick2001.com/ (this is an excellent website that explains many hidden or suggested points in the movie)
some trailers:
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Re: Episode 28 Contest - Who's your Favorite Celebrity Robot

Postby seb on 01 Jul 2009, 11:42

R2D2 is my favourite sci-fi robot... because of all his gadgets and tools... very much like a robot version of James Bond's Q(uartermaster) character!

(actually it seems difficult to find StarWars on youtube, but there are many videos showing R2D2s owned by (geeks) particulars)
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Re: Episode 28 Contest - Who's your Favorite Celebrity Robot

Postby stiffanbond on 24 May 2010, 06:54

Mine are:

3.Optimus Prime
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