Apr 17, 2014

Rundle: we, robot, the industrial revolution’s ultimate design

Robots are becoming very good at aping human behaviour -- perhaps because they have become proxies for the uniform worker drone in factories. Robots are familiar to us because we have become mechanised.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


In the elegant sail-shaped, glass-and-steel conference hall at Lyons, the third floor is abuzz, the stalls crowded, a big fight for space and movement, arms and legs everywhere. Weirdly, and it is very weird indeed, they’re not all human arms and legs. As you jostle between stalls, you’re being pushed up against smooth plastic torsos, avoiding nodding screen-like heads, and ducking disembodied arms going this way and that.


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2 thoughts on “Rundle: we, robot, the industrial revolution’s ultimate design

  1. crikey david

    I think the zoomorphic feelings towards robots will fade as they become more common.

    If you think about how people who are learning to use a computer tend to personify it. They talk about their interactions as if it were a matter of understanding the computers needs so that they can come to a mutual understanding.

    As a notional roboticist I have no more feelings for a robot than I do a calculator. I think as people interact with more robots they will see they have more in common with an electric screw driver than a metal puppy dog.

  2. john buck

    DASH sounds like fun, Guy, but considering what it’s made of, a brushfire environment may be a bad call.

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