Beta
×

Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Robot Dramas: Autonomous Machines In the Limelight On Stage and In Society

Soulskill posted about three weeks ago | from the if-only-asimov-was-around-to-see-it dept.

Robotics 31

aarondubrow writes: We're entering an era where we'll increasingly coexist with robots and other intelligent machines — some of which may look like us. Not only is there a growing number of industrial robots (about 1.5 million today), there are 10 million Roombas in our homes, porter-bots in our hospitals and hotels, social robots in our nursing homes and even robot spectators at baseball games in Japan, tele-operated by remote fans.

Theater is not an arena that we typically associate with robots, however, artists, musicians and producers are often early adopters and innovative users of emerging technologies. In fact, robots got their name from the 1920 play, R.U.R., by the Czech playwright, Karel Capek. An article in the Huffington Post describes a panel discussion at the National Academy of Science in June that featured the producers of three recent plays that starred robots. The plays highlight our robot anxieties, while offering new visions for human-robot interactions in the future.

cancel ×

31 comments

Sorry! There are no comments related to the filter you selected.

I prefer Susie (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47814421)

She has a lot more Dramas!

All my circuits (0)

kruach aum (1934852) | about three weeks ago | (#47814493)

It makes me wonder, though. Can you really say a robot is an "actor"? Doesn't that require having an idea of a self that you're purposefully not being in the moment?

Re:All my circuits (1)

n1ywb (555767) | about three weeks ago | (#47816373)

Can you really say that Keanu Reaves is an actor?

Re:All my circuits (1)

Tuidjy (321055) | about three weeks ago | (#47819041)

I do not know about actors, but as far back as a dozen of years ago, one of my friends from college was composing music for her robot musicians. Look up Christine Southworth, one of the co-founders of Ensemble Robot... ... or just google it: https://www.google.com/search?q=emsemble+robot+christine+southworth [google.com]

Yeah, it's a plug, but it's not for myself, and anyway, it's another nail of that persistent meme that MIT girls are ugly.

Darfsteller (1)

Old Aylesburian (2780221) | about three weeks ago | (#47814559)

A must read: The Darfsteller by Walter M Miller Jr. Tells of an aging ex-actor in an age of robotic performers who gets to play one last time when a key 'character' breaks down.

Re:Darfsteller (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47814869)

I thought the same and recalled the line : "Then her foot brushed a copper bus-lug, and he saw the faint little jet of sparks. " -- Which for some reason I thought was the last line in the story.

great article ... i really apprentice your work.. (1)

Jaanvi Sharma (3810569) | about three weeks ago | (#47814611)

here is some related information on Robotics http://www.googletechinfo.com/... [googletechinfo.com]

Re:great article ... i really apprentice your work (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47814851)

Please to be liking me on The Facebook. Good work, ass sucker.

FanBots are in Korea (2)

Nishi-no-wan (146508) | about three weeks ago | (#47814641)

[...] robot spectators [bbc.com] at baseball games in Japan, tele-operated by remote fans.

Um, those are for the Hanwha Eagles in Korea, not Japan. Confirm by clicking the link to the BBC article.

Cadillac self-driving car (1, Informative)

Animats (122034) | about three weeks ago | (#47814647)

They mention Cadillac's self-driving car, recently demonstrated to lawmakers in Washington. Cadillac is confident enough now to let members of Congress ride in the thing as it drives from Capitol Hill to the Pentagon in traffic. That's impressive. There's video, but it's all chopped into short pieces for short attention span TV viewers. I'd like to see an uncut half hour of automatic driving in traffic.

A jobless world (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47814689)

The great struggle of this century will be the increasing irrelevance of human workers. There is barely a job in existence that isn't to some degree being replaced by electronics and machines. Teacher? ABCmouse/MOOC. Fast food worker? Automatic soda-jerk machine. Accountant? Quickbooks/turbotax.

As jobs are 'botted' out of existence, employment will reach a break point where no one will even dare utter the phrase "get a job" What then, for our economic models? Will we allow those few who do work a godlike power over others, to live as kings among starving peasants? Will we change our lifestyles to ones of great leisure? Will we seek fulfillment in other endeavors? Can we equitably share the wealth when 40...50...90% of the work is done by microchips? Will owners of robots become all-wealthy? will they then be overthrown?

How do we handle This blessing/curse?

Re:A jobless world (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47814961)

As jobs are 'botted' out of existence, employment will reach a break point where no one will even dare utter the phrase "get a job"

How many old people need to die off before no one says "get a job" again? Thick headed old idiots don't take "there are no jobs" for an answer. The biggest obstacle to your "jobless world" is a society full of morons who believe that only useless people don't have jobs.

Re:A jobless world (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47818773)

There will never be a world where people don't have to work. We are a single EMP event away from the stone age, and those people who don't know how to do anything but let robots and other people take care of them will not survive much past that point.

Re:A jobless world (1)

kwbauer (1677400) | about three weeks ago | (#47818909)

And the biggest obstacle to reality are useless, jobless morons who fantasize about a world where they don't look like the leaches they are.

Re:A jobless world (1)

Dr. Sheldon Cooper (2726841) | about three weeks ago | (#47818267)

Manna.

Deux Ex Machina (0)

scorp1us (235526) | about three weeks ago | (#47814807)

Now they have removed the only thing that ties drama to reality. Having to deak with existing Deux Ex Machina in modern drama was bad enough. Now we have a whole new genre, which will resemble cop dramas. We will have "robocop dramas". I for one do not welcome robocop dramas.

Re:Deux Ex Machina (1)

king neckbeard (1801738) | about three weeks ago | (#47815559)

I would welcome Robocop dramas if we can get Peter Weller or at least someone who can fill his shoes.

robots and other intelligent machines (1)

zephvark (1812804) | about three weeks ago | (#47815011)

Do I have to be the one to note that we don't have any intelligent machines? None of them have any more of a mind than a toaster. I don't think there's an AI out there that can even approximate the intelligence of a cockroach.

This is just random nerd click-bait although, at least it's nominally "news for nerds" for a change.

Re:robots and other intelligent machines (1)

king neckbeard (1801738) | about three weeks ago | (#47815591)

So, what you are saying is that we are more than advanced enough for robot senators? On a more serious note, haven't we more or less gotten to the point where machines are better than humans at CAPTCHAs, not to mention chess and Jeopardy!

Re:robots and other intelligent machines (1)

ranton (36917) | about three weeks ago | (#47815819)

Do I have to be the one to note that we don't have any intelligent machines? None of them have any more of a mind than a toaster. I don't think there's an AI out there that can even approximate the intelligence of a cockroach.

Don't assume that robots have to be as intelligent as humans to take our jobs. Even if a robot can only do 50% of your job, it still has the potential to put 50% of the people in your industry out of work.

There is no debate that robots will start doing a large percentage of the work currently done by humans. The only debate is whether enough new jobs will be created that robots cannot do.

in the year 3000.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47815123)

Going to get in there before anyone else:

http://futurama.wikia.com/wiki/All_My_Circuits

http://theinfosphere.org/All_My_Circuits

Roomba is a robot? (1)

Ptur (866963) | about three weeks ago | (#47815153)

I wouldn't go calling Roombas robots, they're fairly stupid... That Samsung NaviBot that's cleaning my house is far creepier, with its camera figuring out the layout of the house....

Re:Roomba is a robot? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47817893)

Roombas do the same thing, they just use a bump sensor instead of a camera. Does that make it stupider?

and... (1)

buddyglass (925859) | about three weeks ago | (#47815731)

Automata [youtu.be] .

Hmm (2)

koan (80826) | about three weeks ago | (#47815741)

I am getting into FPV flying with multirotors and planes and I have to say there is something extremely addictive about telepresence, there's nothing like soaring down the side of a mountain with a glider and camera/Tx while sitting on a chair drinking a beer.
Telepresence rocks.

Re:Hmm (1)

kwbauer (1677400) | about three weeks ago | (#47818927)

Based on previous experiences, I would say that actually roaring down the side of a mountain with a glider while in the glider and sober is far more exhilerating.

Re: Hmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about three weeks ago | (#47819093)

Yes but when it crashes, and it's always when not if, you're going to be maimed or dead.
I'll take out some glue and flying again.

no... we're really not (1)

sdinfoserv (1793266) | about three weeks ago | (#47816117)

The article confuses the terms autonomous and intelligence Ã" they are not interchangeable Industrial robots that follow pre-determined, repetitive movements or roombas that bump themselves around a floor are not intelligent devices. Adaptive, self-learning artificial intelligence is decades away by even the most optimistic futurists. Thus, we are not entering an age of intelligent machines.

30 years late! (1)

mastershake82 (948396) | about three weeks ago | (#47816335)

Rock-A-Fire Explosion [youtube.com]

Re:30 years late! (1)

mastershake82 (948396) | about three weeks ago | (#47816349)

I apologize for the political tone found int his video posting! I didn't realize this video had some sort of political standpoint! I'm sorry, that wasn't the point, I was just looking for some classic Rock-A-Fire explosion video!
Check for New Comments
Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?

Submission Text Formatting Tips

We support a small subset of HTML, namely these tags:

  • b
  • i
  • p
  • br
  • a
  • ol
  • ul
  • li
  • dl
  • dt
  • dd
  • em
  • strong
  • tt
  • blockquote
  • div
  • quote
  • ecode

"ecode" can be used for code snippets, for example:

<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>