‘In the future there will be robots’

typed for your pleasure on 8 January 2009, at 2.22 am

Sdtrk: ‘(Keep feeling) Fascination’ by the Human League

Barely relevant: I recently dreamt that I was back at my old highschool for some reason or other, and I was trying to find the auditorium where the arts & theatre classes were usually held. Unfortunately, since the last time I wandered down those corridors, they’d shuffled a couple of rooms around the campus. So I found myself running down the halls, pinwheeling my arms, frantically searching for the arts department.
Let that be a lesson to you.

While I was doing that, alert reader Kat spotted this in the news:


If there’s a male in a dress, it must be Kids in the Hall

Actor robots take Japanese stage
BBC News | Published: 2008/11/26 11:26:22 GMT

First there were dancing robots, then house-sitting robots and now a new breed of acting robots is making its big debut on the Japanese stage.

The play, which had its premiere at Osaka University, is one of Japan’s first robot-human theatre productions.

The machines were specially programmed to speak lines with human actors and move around the stage with them.

Playwright Oriza Hirata says the work raises questions about the relationship between humanity and technology.
the rest of the article is here

There’s actually video excerpts from the play on Robot Watch (under some pictures, you’ll see characters that read ‘動画’; you’ll want to click on the characters).
It should go without saying that I’m looking forward to a day when Androids and Gynoids will be utilised as actors. In fact, I think there’d be a lovely irony in having a bunch of Synthetiks play in a stage production of Karel Čapek’s ‘Rossum’s Universal Robots‘ — only have them play all the non-robot roles, and have the Organik cast members portray the robots…

O, and twenty Cool Points will be immediately shipped, in a refrigerated container, to the person who can tell me where this post’s title comes from. If you need another hint, you’ll just have to listen carefully to the radio in the next vehicle you carjack

Technorati tags: robots, Wakamaru, Robot Watch, Karel Čapek, Rossum’s Universal Robots

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8 have spoken to “‘In the future there will be robots’”

  1. MontiLee writes:

    O, and twenty Cool Points will be immediately shipped, in a refrigerated container, to the person who can tell me where this post’s title comes from. If you need another hint, you’ll just have to listen carefully to the radio in the next vehicle you carjack.

    Funny.

  2. Davecat writes:

    YES BUT WELL AND??

  3. Zip Gun writes:

    You kids and your GTA.

  4. MontiLee writes:

    Us cool kids like to give the non-cool kids a chance to answer before we go back to snubbing them again.

  5. Davecat writes:

    ZG
    O, you and your Knowing Stuff. Where d’ya want those Cool Points posted to?

    Monti
    Ahh, I gotcha. 😉

  6. Laura writes:

    Damn!
    I came in too late to get the cool points.
    *pouts*
    I demand a super lighting round

  7. Davecat writes:

    You’re always demanding a Super Lightning Round, though! Even when at the pet supplies place!

  8. Laura writes:

    I did get a half price ferret, though
    I’m just that good

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