A robot at the London Olympics?

I just came across the news that the iCub robot has been nominated to carry the Olympic torch:

http://www.lloydstsblondon2012.co.uk/en/carrytheflame/Nomination/?nid=b9139a56-2a8c-4cc1-a9d1-910300734ddb

Interesting, more so for what it reveals about our field – robotics is ever so slowly breaking out of the laboratory and creeping into the popular sphere in a way (akin to 3G phones being teenage girls’ accessories more than geeky technology) that suggests real progress. I must admit some scepticism about the iCub actually running a few miles with the torch (I didn’t know it had much in the way of locomotion or serious manipulation, yet, the last time I looked), but that is a minor point in the grand scheme, I suppose.

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