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Carnegie Mellon University announced its 2007 inductees into the Robot Hall of Fame at RoboBusiness 2007, an international robotics conference in Boston.
For the first time, more actual robots were inducted than fictional ones. The only fictional robot honoured this year is Lieutenant Commander Data, the robot played by Brent Spiner on the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Data was honoured for the questions he constantly posed on both human nature and the rights of humanoid robots, said Matt Mason, the director of the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon who announced the inductees.
Text by Candace Lombardi, staff writer, CNET News.com
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