In my last blog posting, I noted the increased interest Silicon Valley is taking in the Robot business. Many of us love robots and they are such a part of our culture (toys, books, movies, the Internet) that I decided to create a top 10 fictional robots of all time. There are an abundance of robots to choose from and some interesting questions: Were RoboCop and The Six Million Dollar Man more robot than human or more human that robot? Was the Golem a robot or a piece of Kabbalistic magic? Was the Harrison Ford character in Blade Runner actually an Android or was he a human?
I don’t have the answers but maybe you do. So, while we wait for you to respond, here are five more great robots:
I am not a big ASTRO BOY fan (those points on his head always freaked me out a little) but I feel it important to include him as he provided an early introduction to what was eventually to be called Manga.
I have, of course, included R2D2, possibly the greatest robot of all. I have to tell you that, though I very much appreciate R2D2, I am, well a little over him. It’s a little like how I now feel about “I Love Lucy” after seeing it six million times.
We have to include R.U.R. because this 1920’s play by the Bohemian, Karel Capek, introduced the word “Robot” to the world. By the way, R.U.R. stood for "Rossom’s Universal Robots."
WALL-E was the extremely charming robot from Pixar. People loved the movie and people loved him. And after all if you are a robot and nobody loves or fears you, what else is there?And number 10 is:
Rosey was the Jetson family’s servant or slave or whatever they use robots for in the future. She is from the future, yet, yet, her appearance seems to date to the 1930’s. She always seemed to be vacuuming.What robots do you think I should have included (or left out)?