"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."
"If we are going to take robots off assembly lines and into unpredictable environments, we need to teach them to respond to their surroundings."
"If robots are going to share our workspaces as we move forward, we’re going to have to teach them to act a bit more human."
"Watching Gannon interact with the robot—who can “see” with the aid of motion capture markers that the person interacting with it must hold or wear—is surprisingly cute. They move together in a careful dance, the robot responding to Gannon’s every motion. It’s like seeing someone play fetch with a tame but still pretty terrifying pet monster. Gannon is the Fay Wray to the robot’s King Kong, if Fay Wray were a boss robot-whispering PhD candidate."