Wall-E, BigDog, Nao, PackBot break into Robot Hall of Fame

Clockwise from top left, the winners are: Wall-E, BigDog, PackBot, and Nao.

(Credit: Robot Hall of Fame )

The people have spoken and the machines are immortalized.

More than 17,000 humans voted online for the 2012 inductees to the Robot Hall of Fame, and they chose a mixture of friendly and terrifying bots, depending on your perspective.

Come on down, Wall-E, BigDog, Nao, and PackBot. You’ve earned a place among the stars.

Although the 12 nominees were selected by robotics experts, it was the first time that popular votes chose the inductees to Carnegie Mellon University’s hall of immortal robots.

The public didn’t recognize screen legend Johnny 5 and NASA’s Robonaut, among others.

“More than any previous class of inductees, this group of robots selected by popular vote represents contemporary robotics — robots at the cutting edge of technology — rather than older robots of strictly historical importance,” Robot Hall of Fame Director Shirley Saldamarco said in a release.

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