Milestone-Proposal talk:Shakey: The World’s First Mobile, Intelligent Robot, 1972
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As the advocate for the proposal, I do appreciate the proposed recognition of the remarkable step forward in the evolution of robotics represented by Shakey, the first research robot to be able to reason about its own actions. As a matter of fact, it was not a single achievement since it incorporated a collection of achievements particularly in computational methods, which had a long-term impact on the development of robotics and artificial intelligence, in general. The documentation provided is more than sufficient. Let me just put forward a few remarks: 1. The proposed citation is pretty short (less than 60 words). Therefore there is room, for instance, to mention the location and the inventor, if this is welcome. As a result, the starting sentence might read " Shakey, the world's first mobile intelligent robot, invented by Charles A. Rosen at the Stanford Research Institute, could perceive its surrounding ....". 2. In the title delete the comma between Mobile and Intelligent in the similar way as in the citation. 3. In the last but one line replace "critical" by "seminal".
Thanks very much for your quick action on this submission! I have discussed your excellent comments with Peter Hart. Here are the actions taken. Re: #1: added Stanford Research Institute, but not any city since SRI moved from the Stanford campus to Menlo Park during the development period; did not add an inventor since this was a team effort, and including the name of just the late Charles A. Rosen was felt to not be what he would have wanted. Re #2: good comment - done. Re #3: good comment - done.
The milestone guidelines caution on the use of the term "first". This milestone proposal does offer a description of some "first" characteristics of the robot's development and design. This however does not substantiate it being called "the world’s first mobile, intelligent robot". Perhaps those in the field of interest might be able to offer substantiating comments.