Where are my robo-shippers? Here’s a story that will touch your soul much better than your RoboCop/RoboCable love fantasies.
Two German artists have created an installation that involves two robots who have been programmed to have a relationship with one-another. Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler and Carolin Liebl built two robots utilizing sensors that can read sounds and motions and react with their own sounds and motions.
Okay, I feel like I’m in couples therapy already.
The artists named their two robots Vincent and Emily and, in a dream world, #Vemily would begin trending on Twitter at this very moment.
It is ultimately fascinating that Vincent and Emily interact similar to a couple. Vincent puts out data in the form of sound and movement. Emily responds with what she is programmed to think is appropriate. He, in turn, responds to this stimulus and so on. The dance continues until death do them part or until a younger, more fertile robot enters the scene and, well, hello robotic love triangle!
This probably makes you wonder a lot of things. Can love be interpreted as data? What is love but a series of actions and reactions? Why can’t robots be in love? Is their love real if it’s programmed? However, aren’t we, as humans, programmed to love by our predecessors?
However, this is personally making ME wonder the following:
Will you read the end chapter my Vemily fan fiction?
It’s entitled “Programmed to Love”.
Emily’s cynical microcontroller kept screaming, “no” but her feisty MD25 motor drive module kept whimpering, “yes”.
However, staring into Vincent’s manly LCD screen, she just knew.
After a few moments, Vincent approached her and whispered into her audial receptor, “0101100101101111011101010010000001100011011011110110110101110000 0110110001100101011101000110010100100000011011010110010100101110.”
His end-effector gently grabbed her end-effector and together, Vincent and Emily hovered off into the distance, powering happily ever after.