What Does a Robot Look Like?
of a person.
FIGURE 8. Child’s
sketch of a robot.
FIGURE 9. A
view of a robot.
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built in 2006. Figure 10 shows Sheikh Mohamed
bin Zayed of the UAE with REEM-B and Noel
Sharkey, Professor of AI and robotics at the
University of Sheffield, UK. This robot has some
amazing capabilities that overshadow its two
Asian counterparts. With 41 degrees of freedom,
the ability to carry 25% of its weight, and operate
for two hours are amazing enough. REEM-B also
has advanced facial, object, and speech
recognition, and highly-developed articulation and
article grasping capabilities.
So, how should a robot look? It should look
like what you want it to look like. It’s your
creation. And, like they say, robot beauty is in the
eye of the builder. SV
A unique exhibit — Robots: Evolution of a Cultural Icon —
examines the development of robot iconography in fine art over
the past 50 years. The image and the idea of a robot has
evolved remarkably from an awkward, mechanical creature to a
sophisticated android with artificial intelligence and the potential
for human-like consciousness. As robotic technology catches up with
the imagination of science fiction novels, movies, and animation,
dreams and fears anticipated in these stories may also become
reality. Artists included in the exhibition have responded to the
technological innovation with optimism, pessimism, and humor.
The exhibit is running at the Boise Art Museum now through
May 16, 2010.Fo r more info, go to http://boiseart
Tom Carroll can be reached at
FIGURE 10. REEM-B with Sheikh Mohamed
and Professor Sharkey.