This is the year of the robot, starting with the movie Ex Machina and filtering down to the performing arts, which have seen a spate of humans dancing with robots in touching pas de deux.
It’s hard to resist a dancing robot. Taiwanese choreographer Huang Yi’s dance piece
While the internet mourns the passing of one of its many fads of the moment, more sinister robots are coming to life in its wake.
Last Saturday, a giant robot unfolded its jointed inflatable arms in Red Hook to creep out into a lattice of temporary architecture.
We’re fascinated with robots doing human things, from Elektro chain-smoking its way through the 1939 World’s Fair to the Turk automaton that was beating people at chess during the 18th and 19th centuries (there turned out to be a human hiding inside the latter, but still). Now a team at the University of Konstanz in Germany has trained a robot to paint.