The same is true in any field of endeavor. Each generation contributes to and hands on to others. In the fields of robotics, science, and engineering, we say, "We stand on the shoulders of giants!" We add our contribution and then hand our love of robotics to others - who carry on the work for generations to come.
Today, I Googled "saint + robot," and found this - San Robot! It is an "icon-like" image of a robot!