Monthly Archives: October 2011

NAO on the Engadget Show

The video below is a very impressive display of Alderbaran‘s NAO on the Engadget show. It’s interesting that doubts about humanoid robots are raised on this video, when NAO is such a good example. However, even in the face of such robotic advancements seen in NAO I still can’t seem to avoid a distinct uneasiness concerning robotic slavery. A little electro-mechanical woman/man who does everything that I can’t be bothered to do or don’t like doing is strangely unsettling. It clearly has no feelings or emotions regarding it’s own drudgery and yet I do and I certainly don’t have those anthropomorphic feelings regarding the dishwasher – so why so for humanoid robots?


Their website seems a little out of date. However, having just discovered this project a new post seemed appropriate. I’m not quite sure I fully understand their approach or indeed this statement from their About Us page which says they want “to investigate how socially situated development can be brought to robots that grow up and adapt to humans in everyday environments.”  I get the feeling that something is slightly lost in translation here. The notion that I may have to wait for my new and very expensive robot to ‘grow up’ is not quite what I was expecting? More importantly, there are some really good papers on their link for Publications and lastly, their conviction that interdiciplinarity is the way forward for robotics definitely works for Sociorobotics.

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BBC Horizon – Where’s My Robot? (2008)

Danny Wallace takes a cynical look at contemporary robotic technology but eventually concludes that the robot we have all been expecting may not be too far away.

The following sequence of short films are from

The following films are all taken from which looks at robots from alternative perspectives, is it art or sci-fi or both and yet so much more!!

The Machine – Stunning!

The Machine is a beautiful short film with a familiar story of machines taking over the world.

Moonrush – ‘where there’s muck there’s brass’!

Robots that can ‘mine the moon’ – Not content with stripping all of the Earth’s resources, we are now going to send robots to the moon for its mineral wealth.

I wonder if that could alter the tides in anyway?


A quirky short film about a personal homebot that will go right on looking after everything at home while you’re away… somewhere!

Tabula Rasa

A stylish short film with outstanding music and graphics, nice little story too!

Leonardo Robot – Dr Cynthia Breazeal (MIT)

Taken from BBC’s Horizon: Where’s My Robot? (2008) with comedian Danny Wallace. Leonardo is a good example of a non-humanoid style personal robot – very stationery but still expressive! This BBC programme is a good expose of just how far robotics has to go before it matches our media (sci-fi) led expectations such as Teddy from the film A.I.