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Robots!

Movies this summer are being dominated by robots, from Terminator:Salvation to the Transformers sequel. So what’s a warm-blooded, fleshy creature like ourselves to do? Learn how to live with ’em.

Citizen Gamer provides a very interview with “humanity’s foremost experts on the subject — Daniel H. Wilson, an honest-to-god roboticist (who got his Ph.D. from the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University no less) and the author of the book ‘ How to Survive a Robot Uprising‘.” They discuss, what else, how to survive in a world of robots.

Gamer writes “If the apocalyptic future depicted in “Terminator Salvation” were to actually come true, Wilson’s book contains all sorts of helpful advice — advice you’ll find in sections titled “How to Spot a Robot Mimicking a Human” and “How to Fool a Thermal Imaging Target Tracker” and “How to Treat a Laser Wound.”

The article provides some good details on what exactly roboticists are making these days, and which robots will probably overthrow us. I’m glad that Wilson also points out just how unlikely it is that machines with artificial intelligence are going to want to overthrow humans. Because it is really, really, unlikely. Really. Despite what all the movies say.

Still worried about a robot uprising? Another way to conquer your fear of robots is to build one yourself. Paul Loughridge makes robot sculptures out of everyday items. He makes all his metal critters out of metal and are made entirely of objects you could find lying around the house. No paint, no welding (he uses pop rivets), and no plastic unless it’s part of the original item. Wave Magazine has a write-up about his work. Another rule Loughridge has for himself is that each piece is named after a component of  the sculpture. So a robot with a coffee pot body is named Mr. Coffee.

Loughridge has an exhibit opening June 5 in San Jose, CA, if you want to check out Mr. Coffee and his buddies.

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Author:

Beth Kelley is a writer and researcher 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 and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.

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