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Sep 25 2017 - 08:00 PM
The Bother Bots

Sci-Fi visions of the future often show robots assisting humans in ways that make our day-to-day lives easier. These robots disrupt that fantasy since they’re designed to annoy humans. The designer of this series of misbehaving of robots, Nicole Perez, believes that robots should be more like their human counterparts and less like mechanical servants. She believes that artificial companions cannot be simply pleasing, but much like humans, should also misbehave.

This series of misbehaving robots includes: a robot that pinches, one that pokes, and one that scribbles marks across surfaces. More than bothersome, these robots are programmed to include randomness, making them unpredictable.

Do you agree with the engineer, Nicole Perez, that "flaws make relationships stronger"? Do you think this applies to human-robot relationships as well as human to human relationships? Tell us your thoughts in the ongoing discussion on Vialogues.

Excerpts from the discussion:

@00:31 Ryan Allen: Technology already naturally annoys us. Every time my computer crashes or Word doc formatting goes haywire, I am getting the "misbehavior." We don't need to build it in.

@01:07 Dyranda: I love that this bot evolved out of a mistake in the developer's programing. That's science: it's all about trial and error and learning going forward. Right?

|By: Caitlin Davey|883 Reads