iRobot: If you prick us, do we not bleed?

Concept drawing

Many of us are familiar with the Hollywood versions of "I, Robot" such as the film with Will Smith or Bicentennial Man with Robin Williams.  Few know that there were two Books titled "I, Robot", one by Isaac Asimov, a collection of short stories, was published in 1950.  However, a series of stories featuring a robot named Adam Link was penned by two brothers that went by the single name Eando Binder.  The first of these stories was titled "I, Robot" and was published in 1939.  Note: There is an old Outer Limits second season episode based on the Binder story and features a robot named Adam Link and a very young Leonard Nimoy, aka: Mr. Spock.  The Will Smith film seems to be a blend of the two books.

This next installment in my series "The Classics"  focuses on the first story of Asimov’s book.  In this story a small girl prefers to spend time with her nanny-robot rather than other children, or humans of any kind for that matter.  After re-reading the book I happened to be sitting in an outdoor lounge area at school enjoying the weather when I noticed that, although there were seven or eight other people around, none of them were talking to each other.  They all had either a cell phone or a laptop.  I then began noticing that folks don't say hello as they pass each other on a sidewalk nor speak to each other on the subway.  Most of my friends don't know their neighbors or even their neighbors’ names.  We rarely talk face to face anymore; it seems to be through our technology that we communicate.  Now I'm not saying this is necessarily bad, just different than times past.  It does make me curious about what lies ahead though.

UPDATE: The sculpture also addresses the ending of the book. SPOILER ALERT: robots take over the world, not out of malice, but to protect us from ourselves. One of the three laws of robotics, in summary, states that a robot can not let a human come to harm through inaction. The face-tablet, besides showing video of human faces, will also show clips of war, racial tension, strip mining, pollution, land fills, etc.




If you would like to be a part of this sculpture, look up iRobot: If you prick us, do we not bleed? on Facebook.  There are detailed explanations and instructions on how to add your face to the face-tablet of iRbot.

UPDATE: A smart-phone app for recording your own face video for inclusion in this sculpture is coming soon.  Please check back for the link.



Some random process pics...


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