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Robots as art

In honor of Wall-E being the top-grossing film at the box office this weekend, here is a little piece on Robots: designed by humans to look like, act like, and perform like humans, but not actually be humans. In fact, there have been enough I, Robot rip-offs (Matrix, anyone?) to prove that humans are just plain scared of their own technology:

A top-ten list of movie robots, good and bad.

A profile of Ben Burtt, the creator of R2D2 and Chewbacca’s voice, and now Wall-E’s. The article has some nice insight into the process of making robotic sound effects.

Coming soon…a write-up on dancing robot competitions!



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.