The School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University established the Robot Hall of Fame to honor landmark achievements in robotics technology and the increasing contributions of robots to human endeavors. Two categories of robots are honored in the Robot Hall of Fame: Robots from Science and Robots from Science Fiction
They are currently accepting nominations for new inductee robots. At the head of the pack right now is my personal favorite, Bender Bending Rodriguez from Futurama (yes, I voted for him. Bite my shiny mettal a**.) However, I found this entry quite intriguing. This is an actual mechanical robot automaton from the 18th century that looks like a man, but can draw several complicated drawings and reproduce a few poems. All mechanically. Fascinating! The website at The Franklin Institute has videos of it working and its output, as well as its complex history.