DailyDirt: Space Robots

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The robots in science fiction are a bit more entertaining than most of the robots that actually exist today, but the "coolness" gap is narrowing as robots get to go to more interesting places -- like space. Robots tweeting observations from the surface of Mars have a fairly impressive number of followers (even though they weren't talking during the recent government shutdown). It probably shouldn't be too surprising, since space robots have always been the coolest robots (eg. R2D2, Data, the "Class M-3 Model B9 General Utility Non-Theorizing Environmental Control Robot"). Here are just a few examples of actual space robots that might be famous someday. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.
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    Anonymous Coward, 21 Oct 2013 @ 5:15pm

    don't make me..

    google "Class M-3 Model B9 General Utility Non-Theorizing Environmental Control Robot" just to find out that it's the name of the un-named robot in Lost in Space.

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    Wolfy, 22 Oct 2013 @ 3:34am

    That's nuts! I clearly recall the robot being addressed as "Robot".

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    Jared, 24 Oct 2013 @ 12:30pm

    It's great robots have gone beyond the days of science fiction. Some people are anxious about robots taking jobs. In reality, they are helping humans make incredible discoveries by handling routine or undesirable tasks. Excellent examples.

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    Greg, 24 Oct 2013 @ 12:35pm

    It makes sense to send intelligent robots into space before humans get there. We need to be able to see what is happening before taking risks. Robotics are getting extremely advanced and many industries are starting to use them.

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    Anonymous Coward, 30 Apr 2015 @ 7:52pm

    I dont see any article with an unnamed robot.

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