This site shows videos of some really impressive presentations covering all kinds of subjects. This site will cure your one track mind, turn techies into arties vv.
Look out especially for Hod Lipson and Robert Full. If you must be a specialist, rather than a generalist.
Update 25 sep 2008: Caleb Chung creator of Furby and Pleo.
Update 26 sep 2008: Theo Jansen, ought to be honorary member of LMR! His "creatures" outperform many of our robots.
Update 29 sep 2008: Rodney Brooks of roomba fame.