02 May '13, 6pm

What Roboticists Can Learn From Art, and What Artists Can Learn From Robots

You walk into the brightly lit space, and a delicate-looking plaster statue catches your eye. She has a peaceful expression, and is dressed in a modest gown with puffy shoulders and a broad skirt. Her arms stay close to her body, but the palms of her hands face gently forward, as if asking for something. As you approach, she suddenly glides forward to meet you. Her name is Diamandini, and she's a robotic statue. Combining art and robotics is nothing new (in fact, it's something quite old ), but in recent years the creations dreamed up by artists and roboticists are becoming more elaborate and striking, thanks, in part, to faster and cheaper sensors and computers. We've seen robotic sculptures that defy gravity , robots that can paint and write , and squads of drones that play music , build towers , or perform choreographies . A number of workshops and festivals have gather...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/diy/what-robo...

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