CNR 2012: Exhibition: RoboThespian (GRB)
RoboThespian demonstrates that utility is not a prerequisite for existence, a concept familiar to the artist but alien to the engineer. 'Necessity is the mother of invention', a received wisdom, but necessity is not the mother of this invention, I doubt they are even related at all.
In this sense RoboThespian is a medium like theatre, but more akin to cinema and television. It automates and removes actual human interaction and replaces it with a mechanical analogue of humanity. Being fully interactive, multilingual, and user friendly, it can communicate and entertain in a way that few people have experienced before.
Is RoboThespian a glimpse of a forthcoming technological utopia, or a dire warning of what may come to be? It is trivial, yet it touches on some profound questions that confront us all. At the very least it's hugely entertaining.
Engineered Arts Ltd.
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