Category:
AI, Robots and Other Automatons

Get Lauren

Artist Lauren McCarthy is renting herself out for three days at a time as a 'virtual assistant' like Siri, Alexa, or Google Now. From her website:

LAUREN is a human intelligent smart home. Lauren will visit your home, deploy a series of smart devices, and watch over you remotely 24/7. Lauren will control your home for you, attempting to be better than an AI, understanding you as a person. You will be able to interact with her by calling her name, but she will also do things for you without your asking. She will learn faster than an algorithm, adapting to your desires and anticipating your needs.




More info: Lifehacker.com

Posted By: Alex - Fri Sep 08, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Technology, AI, Robots and Other Automatons

The Z-Man, or Brain, Toy

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What was so distinctive about this toy? Early pre-silicon programability.

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Original article here.

Even more pix and info at this blog.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Nov 04, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Toys, AI, Robots and Other Automatons, Computers, 1950s

Driverless Cars of Yesteryear

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Why can't Google do a fun ad like this for their robot cars?

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun Jul 13, 2014 - Comments (5)
Category: AI, Robots and Other Automatons, 1950s, Cars, Yesterday's Tomorrows

African Traffic Robots

The latest innovation in traffic control from the Democratic Republic of Congo. More info at washingtonpost.com.

Posted By: Alex - Mon Mar 10, 2014 - Comments (3)
Category: AI, Robots and Other Automatons, Africa

ROBOT MONSTER



You know the drill: if you like the trailer, above, for ROBOT MONSTER, then you can watch the whole film, below.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Mar 30, 2013 - Comments (11)
Category: Aliens, Ineptness, Crudity, Talentlessness, Kitsch, and Bad Art, Movies, AI, Robots and Other Automatons, 1950s, Fictional Monsters

Passion Lube Reviews

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The latest outbreak of "Humorous Amazon Reviews" centers around the product depicted above.

I couldn't resist adding one of my own. Click for readability.

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Posted By: Paul - Fri Mar 15, 2013 - Comments (7)
Category: Humor, Sexuality, Retailing, AI, Robots and Other Automatons, Internet

Graffiti-bot



One of the less practical automatons, the juvenile delinquent of the robot species.

Learn more here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Feb 09, 2013 - Comments (2)
Category: Art, Avant Garde, Performance Art, AI, Robots and Other Automatons, Juvenile Delinquency

Robotic Writing Monk

The relentless march of progress continues. Now monks have been automated, thanks to The Bible Scribe.

The installation 'bios [bible]' consists of an industrial robot, which writes down the bible on rolls of paper. The machine draws the calligraphic lines with high precision. Like a monk in the scriptorium it creates step by step the text. Starting with the old testament and the books of Moses ‘bios [bible]’ produces within seven month continuously the whole book. All 66 books of the bible are written on rolls and then retained and presented in the library of the installation.


Start looking for a new job, Brother.

Posted By: Alex - Wed Jul 23, 2008 - Comments (0)
Category: Art, Religion, Technology, AI, Robots and Other Automatons, Books




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