The head of the University of California at San Diego's robotics laboratory, tasked with creating a lifelike, human seeming robot, is named Javier Movellan.
The British science fiction television show Doctor Who, in the 1970s, featured a race of aliens named Movellans. The Movellans were engaged in a galaxy-spanning war against the better known Daleks.
Here's where it gets weird. The Daleks were a race of living creatures, cyborgs, who required robotic shells to stay alive. Opponents of the Daleks often mistook them for robots. Horrific, genocidal robots, but robots nonetheless.
The Movellans, on the other hand, looked and behaved like humans, so much so that they were mistaken for living creatures. But in fact they were robots, less like humans than the Daleks they fought.
Just like the machines that Dr. Javier Movellan is trying to create.