Robot art. I love it. This one is a new project, dealing with robots, democracy and participation. It is eventually also aimed at members of parliament (MP), who literally read the internet printed out on paper.
The project is made in the UK. You can send there a message to an MP, but the message arrives at this robot. He writes everything you wrote down on paper. Please notice the wonderful handwriting of the robot!
On a more sophisticated level, this art-project shows something very substantial about robots, society and democracy. The machine (aka robot) is part of the communication-process between citizen and member of parliament. Is this one step up the ladder in society for robots? Out of the endless stupid work on the factory-belt, towards being a writer for parliament?
The robot will writing messages until 16. October 2009. It's a special prepared Kuka-Robot. Look at the Vinspired Voicebox Website for every detail.
Lately there has been other art-experiments with human text and robots. The first ones were the Robovox, that were touring to Europe, speaking out loud text-messages from people. The second was the chalk Tour de France bot. He took chalk to write user-generated-messages on the streets, to cheer for the bicycle-guys at the Tour de France.
I am absolute speechless about this piece of art by Maywa Denki. The WAHHA GO GO laughing machine is a mechanical controlled sort of "robot", that really laughs. The noise is made by air and a membrane. The video explains the whole system pretty good. Amazing!
Unfortunately I am missing the "ROBO night" tonight in Cologne / Gebäude9. The people from bittedeluxe, a LoFi-Pop-Band, invited some artists and they make a whole night dedicated to the world and spirit of robots (I guess). Some works on their website look quite amusing.
Here we go. Editors at the io9.com blog made an enlighning diagram, showing shows and movies on television from 1970 until 2009. And the topics they were about, like aliens, monsters, magic and robots. I didn't knew, that we just are past a skyrocket-boom of science-fiction productions on TV. See for yourself:
Here we have some real science fiction. Researches from UK have received 228.000 pounds from the "Leverhulme Trust", to build an amorphous non-silicon biological robot. The plasmobot should be build from physarum polycephalum. This is mould, that lives in forests, gardens and wet places in general. The research should be a step into a complete new field of robotics, that enables parallel processing with non-silicon parts.
Well, why the hell use mould? Professor Andy Adamatzky, who leads the project, has proved in a former project, that the mould has 'computing abilities'! They call it plasmodium. He says:
This mould, or plasmodium, is a naturally occurring substance with its own embedded intelligence. It propagates and searches for sources of nutrients and when it finds such sources it branches out in a series of veins of protoplasm. The plasmodium is capable of solving complex computational tasks, such as the shortest path between points and other logical calculations. Through previous experiments we have already demonstrated the ability of this mould to transport objects. By feeding it oat flakes, it grows tubes which oscillate and make it move in a certain direction carrying objects with it. We can also use light or chemical stimuli to make it grow in a certain direction.
Not enough yet? Than take this:
This new plasmodium robot, called plasmobot, will sense objects, span them in the shortest and best way possible, and transport tiny objects along pre-programmed directions. The robots will have parallel inputs and outputs, a network of sensors and the number crunching power of super computers.
Totally weird. I don't want to quote the whole article here. Read the rest at science daily.
Little Wheel is a very nice adventure game for the browser, that features a nice robot world. The story: one day a terrible accident happens at the electric generator and the whole robot planet fell into a looooong sleep, because of power-shortage. 10.000 years later a lightning strike woke up a robot. This is you. Your mission: get the power up and running again, so that all robots con live up again.
The game is very lovely made with atmospheric graphics and an jazzy soundtrack. Robot-lovers will definitely have their fun. Guaranteed!
The robot game was made by One Click Dog. Charming small company as well. They come from Slovakia.
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