The future has been getting a lot of highbrow play recently. The Future is, for instance, an excellent new movie by Miranda July — and it’s also the theme of the new Lapham’s Quarterly . Today, the magazine is previewing their fall issue at Brain Pickings, with one of their famously fascinating infographics. The Robot Matrix gives a brief and entertaining history of automatons, from Greek mythology to the inevitable US army robot of the future, each graphed according to its intelligence, cuddle value, and creep factor. Where on the matrix would your favorite robot turn up?