Sunday, April 17, 2016

Week 3: Robotics + Art

In this week’s lecture, the discussion on how robots and technology have greatly influenced society really opened my eyes as to how much of a role they actually play.  From Gutenberg’s printing press to Ford’s assembly line, there have been numerous inventions that have contributed to society in a positive way.  Now, technology is becoming so advanced that machines are able to do jobs instead of humans.  One example of this is a vacuum that can clean a floor without any human work necessary.  These robots are so efficient at their tasks that humans are in danger of losing their jobs due to the fact that the cost of a machine is much cheaper than the cost of labor for a human.  Movies such as iRobot and Wall-E give a preview as to what can happen if robots continue to advance and gain a larger role in the world.

In regards to art, robots have been created that are able to create pieces of art such as paintings.  Robots have been programmed to paint, but the creative aspect is missing.  Although they are able to paint pictures and such, the pieces are not usually original because no robot can emulate the creativity that humans have.  Most of the robots that can paint are programmed to paint a certain picture or piece of art.  

Brooks, Katherine. "If The Future Of Art Is Robotics, At Least It Will Be Adorable." The Huffington Post., n.d. Web. 18 Apr. 2016.

"I, Robot | Movie Review | Plugged In." I, Robot Movie Review. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Apr. 2016.

"It’s Happening: Robots May Be The Creative Artists Of The Future."MakeUseOf. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Apr. 2016.

Person, and Richard Moss. "Creative AI: The Robots That Would Be Painters." Creative AI: The Robots That Would Be Painters. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Apr. 2016.

"You Can Give A Robot A Paintbrush, But Does It Create Art?" NPR. NPR, n.d. Web. 18 Apr. 2016.


  1. I like the way you used the idea of a vacuum being a robot. I hadn't thought of it in that way before you mentioned it. Additionally, I found it interesting how you mentioned that robots are unable to "emulate creativity".

  2. Actually, the robotic vacuum is still less effective than its human-operated counterpart. Sure, technologies are advancing, and there are areas that some machines are able to completely supersede humans (eg assembly lines), but such areas too has given rise to new job opportunities (eg technicians to take care of assembly lines? )