Cities and suburbs, real and imaginary.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

brief exploration of robots

when we design robots, we make them look like ourselves, perform amazing feats of human genius. they play chess. solve rubik's cubes. they beat us at these things. yet, still we design them to look and perform like humans, measure greatness in the quality of the imitation.



but robots are not copies of our selves. they are a physical embodiment of a function. like these robots from cornell.



still, when we deal with rubik's cube solving robots, part of that function is showmanship. We make them look like ourselves to make people wonder at our self.



also, notice in this final video there is a young girl. children are the original extensions of self.

children: the original robots.

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