“In this segment, taped live at the Carnegie Library of Homestead Music Hall in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Ira talks to two roboticists. Madeline Gannon, a Carnegie Mellon research fellow, artist, and roboticist for NVIDIA, trains industrial robots to use body language to communicate, while Henny Admoni, psychologist and assistant professor of robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, teaches assistive technology to anticipate the needs of its users. Both talk about the relationship between humans and robots, its future, and what it will take for that future to be bright.“
"They call her the robot whisperer. Working out of her studio Aton Aton, a research studio at the cutting edge of the robot human interface. It’s a place most people don’t feel so comfortable with, especially if you’ve seen the beta robots emerging out of the studios of companies like Boston Dynamics, running at dizzying speeds, jumping over walls and terrifying the beejezus out of people. However Gannon wants us to understand there is a much softer side to these automated machines."
"Broadly speaking, the goals of robotics and artificial intelligence research is to design robots that become more independent and intelligent thinkers, while equally more agile and mobile. With the new installation Mimus, artist and robotics researcher Madeline Gannon trained a common industrial robot to not only exhibit no pre-planned movements, but also get “bored” while roaming freely around its enclosure."
"Playing on the fear that robots will steal our jobs – five million of them in the next five years, according to the World Economic Forum – Pittsburgh-based designer Madeline Gannon has reprogrammed this 1,200kg lump of steel to make it seem curious about the world around it. 'I wanted to show that robots could be a companion species,' she says. 'We might overcome our anxiety by establishing a bond with the machines.' Its behaviour is eerily lifelike. Just as you think you’ve struck up a bond, it gets bored and moves on to someone else."
"Nearby is the robot installed and programmed by Madeline Gannon. With its pivoting, articulated arm whirring and buzzing, it responds to visitors, sizing them up, coming close, dancing around with puppyish enthusiasm and then retreating back on itself and going to sleep. It is unsettling and intriguing, seemingly alive in its actions yet utterly mechanistic, an example of how we anthropomorphise even a technology that will cause mass unemployment."
"Calling upon our fears and anxieties surrounding artificial intelligence, multidisciplinary designer Madeline Gannon created Mimus – a 1200-kilogram industrial robot that can sense and respond to visitors' presence from within its enclosure."
"Madeline Gannon has a taught gigantic, dangerous robots to follow her round like a puppy."
"This definitely isn't terrifying at all."