Pocho Ocho suggested names for new Nogales MIGRA robot

He’s artificially intelligent, muy guapo with dark hair and blue eyes, plus he speaks and understands Spanish and English. He also has a new, high-profile job with Tio Sam’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service interviewing people crossing into Los United Estates at Nogales, AZ (photo, above.)

What’s he missing aside from a body and an analog existence? This poor robovato needs a name; right now his bosses just refer to him as the AVATAR (Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real-Time.)

Here are the Pocho Ocho names we like best:

8. Mex Headroom
7. C3 Pito
6. Will Robinson
5. R2 Dtention
4. El Dalek
3. Tron Johnson
2. XAL 9000

And the numero uno suggested name for the new MIGRA robot is…

Bender Rodriguez.


— Mack Reed, Elise Roedenbeck, Lalo Alcaraz, Sara Inés Calderon and Victor Payan contributed to this estory.

AVATAR image courtesy DHS and the University of Arizona,