iRobot, making robots freaky!


Isaac Asimov’s robots in his series of short stories (I, Robot) published in 1950 follow the three Laws of Robotics:

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

 Some laws they should have considered are:

  • A robot cannot sing or dance
  • Robots should not be freaky
  • A robot cannot compete in the Beijing Olympics in women’s gymnastics


Dancing Titan Robots

These menacing looking robots could be tearing people limb from limb, knock down buildings and tanks, and generally cause chaos. But they are reduced to bad jokes and lip syncing.

Freaky Robot

The thing that makes it freaky is that there are so many subtle nuances that make up the expressions of a human being, that when we see an ersatz version the eye immediately sees the robot as close to a human, except freaky, like Paris Hilton.

Paris Hilton was one of the first realistic looking and acting robots released to the cheers of psuedo-celebrity watchers and reality porn lovers.

 But the ultimate of robotics is on display in the women’s gymnastics in the form of Chinese gymnast Cheng Fei.

Cheng Fei, while a highly capable (and realistic) gymnastic robot, you can tell by her frozen facial expressions (and perfect gymnastic form), that she is pure robot.

iRobot, making robots freaky!
(The use of the term iRobot should not be confused with the company iRobot, maker of Roomba, the vaccum cleaning robot.)