A Hall of Fame for Robots A new Robot Hall of Fame inducts its first four members, both real and fictional. Honorees range from NASA's intrepid explorer, the Mars Pathfinder (pictured left), to Star Wars' feisty R2-D2. NPR's Steve Inskeep talks with the man behind the idea, James Morris.
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A Hall of Fame for Robots

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The Robot Hall of Fame honors NASA's Mars Pathfinder Sojourner Rover for its ability to make its own decisions as it navigated the hazardous terrain of Mars. NASA hide caption

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The Robot Hall of Fame inducted its first four members this week. This newest hall-of-fame phenom is located in Pittsburgh at the Carnegie Science Center at Carnegie Mellon University. Its mission is to "recognize excellence in robotics technology worldwide" and it honors the "fictional and real robots that have inspired scientific accomplishments."

The inaugural members include: NASA's Mars Pathfinder Sojourner Rover; Unimate, the first industrial robot, which set to work on GM assembly lines in 1961; HAL 9000 from Arthur C. Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey; and Star Wars' R2-D2. NPR's Steve Inskeep, host of All Things Considered, talks with James Morris, dean of the School of Computer Sciences at Carnegie Mellon, about the criteria for inductees.