This video makes us laugh at how clumsy robots can be. As silly and infantile as they look, we might as well be laughing at the mischief of toddlers. Yet, to laugh at them is to anthropomorphize them. It is, in a way, to look at robots as if they had human characteristics. But in the end, these fails remind us that robots are still a long ways off.
Drones, we probably have all heard about their many possible uses. Whether they’re seen as a positive development or not, these robotic birds are increasingly employed for practical task, for example in the military. But there’s a more creative application for them as well.
Japanese fashion brand Buyma created this video with a wink, wherein drones play a crucial role. Even though the drones appear to be computer-animated from time to time, it offers an interesting view on how drones could also become a part of (performing) arts in the future.
We already talked about robot interactions with human, and we find this topic particularly actual and interesting since the way we handle this collaboration will be crucial for our future. Robots can already read, talk and reason. Yet, they do not seem to have found limits to their artistic skills either. Meet DOUG_1, the drawing robot.
The relations between human beings and robots are reaching a whole new level, and this program is the living proof, researchers say. The name of this new project is MUSICA (Musical Improvising Collaborative Agent), and its purpose is to come up with a musical robot able to improvise a jazz solo in response to an actual person performing jazz.
Over the past decade scientists have tried to get technology surfaces to be as sensitive as our skin, especially as our fingertips. Human tact is a very sophisticate interface between us and the external world. It is incredibly sensitive and allows us to immediately store information about the reality that surrounds us on different levels, such as pressure, temperature and texture. Researchers in Korea are now experimenting a compress electronic skin able to multitasks, like the human one, feeling temperature, pressure and sound (sound is air pressure, after all), all at once.
Dystopian future scenarios filled with evil robots are everywhere. We are afraid of robots treating us badly, but what will happen if it’ll be the other way around? According to Italian researcher Pericle Salvini, it is predictable that if people ruin static objects, they will not leave moving objects alone. At the same time “bullied” or assaulted robots could be far more dangerous than a vandalized telephone cell.
Some people see human shapes in trees, others recognize facial features in automobiles. Often we see faces in objects while they actually are not there. This phenomenon is know as pareidolia. The brain is looking for patterns, like human faces, and sometimes it sees them when they are not there.