Friday, October 31, 2008

Plagiarism of the robot pumpkin Daleks

With the research assistance of the wife (an actual doctor of robotics and such), I've uncovered a quite shocking case of academic plagiarism.

The University of Essex is flaunting its creation of what can only be described as a robotic pumpkin Dalek, to be formally revealed today on that important outlet for research dissemination, the Richard and Judy show.

But the robo-wrangling missus has a nose for prior art, and has called shenanigans! There's this from a year ago on Crafty Crafty. Even more shockingly, the original research dates from even earlier, as per this posting on Flickr -
EX-TER-MI-NATE! (by oskay)

Back to your robot laboratories, so-called researchers of Essex, and get on with the important work of meddling with things with which man should not meddle with. And to the rest of you, happy Halloween.

[photos copyright University of Essex; 'oskay']

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