Det. Spooner: “Human beings have dreams. Even dogs have dreams, but not you. You are just a machine – an imitation of life. Can a robot write a symphony? Can a robot turn a canvas into a beautiful masterpiece?”
Sonny: “Can you?”
“I believe that we are on the cusp of the robot revolution. If we walk down the street now – not many robots in sight. But I believe that robots will start to appear in everyday life in cities and homes over the next decade.” – Paul Beardsley
“There’s an offline step where we take a target image and do path-planning, meaning to create a trajectory / motion commands for the robot, along with up-down rake commands, to produce the drawing. That offline process currently has some manual input to achieve the desired drawing, but we are working on full automation.” – Paul Beardsley
As noted, the Beachbot is certainly not our future robot Van Gogh, but it certainly is a stepping stone towards future robot artists. Soon there’ll be robots who’ll create works of art once thought impossible. In fact, we’re already reaching that point with 3D printers, which print designs that no human could possibly design themselves, given the intricacy of each design. In fact, soon they’ll move away from paper canvases and look at our entire network of fields, cities, and landscapes as an empty canvas, ready to express their art.
For Paul Beardsley, however, his ideal robot of the future isn’t so much being artists as they are being entertainers. One could argue, though, that an entertainer is an artist in their own merit. Imagine going to watch an actual [easyazon_link asin=”B001R123WE” locale=”US” new_window=”yes” nofollow=”default” tag=”seriou03-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”yes”]Muppets show[/easyazon_link] where each Muppet, from Kermit to Miss Piggy to Animal all being artificially intelligent robots, conveying the same entertaining art that we all came to love and enjoy growing up! Oh, what a wonderful future that’ll be.
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