Elect the best machines for the Robot Hall of Fame

PR2 and Robonaut could teach Obama and Romney a thing or two about body language.

(Credit:
Willow Garage, NASA)

If robots could run for president, which would you vote for?

Nobody doubts that machines would make better leaders than meatsack politicians, but there are so many to choose from. Carnegie Mellon University is helping out by letting us humans elect inductees for its Robot Hall of Fame.

The prestige has been awarded to real robots such as Honda’s Asimo, as well as characters like C-3P0 and R2-D2 from “Star Wars.” The unprecedented public participation in choosing the members follows years of inactivity at the hall, which was created in 2003 but last added new robots in 2008.

The 12 candidates for the honor are divided into four categories: education & consumer robots, entertainment robots, industrial & service robots, and research robots.

Among the dozen aspirants are well-known names like the silver screen bot Wall-E, NASA’s Robonaut, and BigDog, the insufferable robotic pack animal from Boston Dynamics and DARPA.

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