Friday, 24 August 2012
Robots and our obsession as creator of 'life' - Uncanny Valley
Ever since I saw 'Alien', especially the scene where Ripley battles the alien queen, I've wanted a set of those robotic arms!
There's a terrific list of movies and cartoons with robots and robotics here: wikipedia :Robot_films
Replicas of B9, the Lost in Space robot are being made, with over 500 voice recordings by the original voice actor, Richard Tufield. Original molds and reference materials were obtained by the licensee to produce a model which is identical to the one from the show.
lost in space robot
As robots become more humanlike our fascination grows and perhaps a sense of disquiet that we are heading towards uncanny valley where the line between robots and humans is so blurred that the thought of it is both alluring and creepy. Like the deep, dark void that draws you inexorably into it...
Geminoids are robots made to resemble their human inventors. Here's one I'll call the Danish doppelganger
Hanson Robotics have produced a 'Conversational Character Robot' called Jules. It is quite fascinating to watch and listen to, but how 'real' are his 'thoughts'? Jules
I've saved the best for last! Robert the most human robot ever, a delightful spoof that made me giggle.
Posted by Dawn Meredith at Friday, August 24, 2012