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Robots just par for the course for Conroy

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Minister for Broadband Senator Stephen Conroy  today launched the CSIRO's Robot Project at the National Museum of Australia, Minister Conroy control's the robot.

Minister for Broadband Senator Stephen Conroy today launched the CSIRO's Robot Project at the National Museum of Australia, Minister Conroy control's the robot.

Is the past catching up with Stephen Conroy, or is it the future that's finally here?

There was an eerie, sci-fi feel at the National Museum on Thursday, as the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy launched the CSIRO's Robot project.

The robot camera on wheels can roam around the museum with a guide and be operated remotely by visitors from anywhere in the country.

Minister for Broadband Senator Stephen Conroy  launches the CSIRO's Robot Project at the National Museum of Australia.

Minister for Broadband Senator Stephen Conroy launches the CSIRO's Robot Project at the National Museum of Australia.

And, thanks to an award-wining design, the robot looks exactly like, well, a robot – a motorised figure that can swivel, stop and respond to directions from a central control.

And the senator looked strangely at home being photographed beside the robot, which, he said, was an example of the endless technological possibilities brought about by the National Broadband Network.

It turns out robots and science-fiction are par for the course for the minister, and not just because he was once described as a "factional Dalek" by a Labor colleague, a description that has haunted him in the years since.

But even as he strenuously denied there was a spill imminent within the Labor Party, and maintained that the timeframe on the Government's media bills was reasonable, Mr Conroy was all smiles, as he took the opportunity to launch a national naming competition for the robots.

He even threw his hat into the ring with his own suggestion.

"I'm a Doctor Who fan, so Davros has got to get a guernsey in there somewhere," he said.

As any other Doctor Who fan will know, Davros is the leader of the Daleks, although the minister seemed to be making a reference more to the futuristic nature of the museum robots.

"What you see before you here is extraordinary," Mr Conroy said.

"It is world beating, world leading. We call it 'cutting-edge' or 'leading-edge', but it's way beyond that."

Still, one cheeky reporter wondered whether a more appropriate name for the robot would be "Kevin".

8 comments

  • Conroy is a embarrassment to the ALP (and thats saying something!)

    Commenter
    greggy
    Location
    Syd
    Date and time
    March 21, 2013, 1:02PM
    • Just as Abbott is an embarisment to Australia

      Commenter
      AustraliaFirst
      Date and time
      March 21, 2013, 2:02PM
      • Let's hope it becomes sentient and realises the only way to save humanity is to eliminate Senator Conroy.

        Commenter
        Hal
        Date and time
        March 21, 2013, 2:29PM
        • Robots FOR Conroy? Conroy IS a robot.

          No, scrub that, Conroy is a Dalek.

          Commenter
          greg
          Date and time
          March 21, 2013, 2:54PM
          • Conroy would have to be one of the biggest oxygen thieves in the ALP, and that is saying something.

            Go Tone!!

            Commenter
            Mickyb
            Location
            Canberra
            Date and time
            March 21, 2013, 3:19PM
            • Which one is the robot? The short guy with the white face looks quite approachable.... don't know about the other guy!

              Commenter
              aussie
              Location
              aussie
              Date and time
              March 21, 2013, 11:31PM
              • CP30 worth his arm round R2D2's shoulder!

                Commenter
                The Beak
                Date and time
                March 22, 2013, 7:45AM
                • Suggested name for the robot? Spambot
                  Suggested function for the robot? Identification of Stephen Conroy as Government spam and immediate elimination of the threat to intelligent dialogue about ICT

                  Commenter
                  Phil J.
                  Location
                  Seaforth
                  Date and time
                  March 22, 2013, 7:55AM
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