My New Robot Companion

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"My New Robot Companion" is an art project by Anna Dumitriu and Alex May, in their role as artists in residence in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire. They are working in collaboration with Professor Kerstin Dautenhahn and Dr Michael L Walters from the Adaptive Systems Research Group to investigate their research into social robotics and to ask the questions, do we want and need robot companions? And, if so, what kind of robot companions do we, as a society, want? The project has received funding from The Arts Council England and The University of Hertfordshire, and is a development of "My Robot Companion" which was co-commissioned by the Science Gallery in Dublin and The University of Hertfordshire for the "HUMAN + the future of the species" exhibition and won a 2011 Award for Public Understanding of Artificial Intelligence from the AISB (Society of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour). Uses for robot companions can vary, forms currently in development worldwide include robot carers for older people, robot nannies to watch over children, sexual companions and home defence robots. It is important to bear in mind that the word ‘robot’ derives from the Slavic word ‘robota’ meaning forced labour. Dumitriu and May’s work focusses on raising public debate around the ethical issues in contemporary robotics and using art and performance techniques as a means of intervening within the scientific research process itself. The artists welcome invitations to exhibit the work, please contact annadumitriu@hotmail.com
“My Robot Companion – An Afternoon with HARR1” with Anna Dumitriu and Alex May, in conversation with Lorenza Ippolito will take place at Fabrica Gallery on 3rd September 2014 at 2pm as part of the Brighton Digital Festival - the event is aimed at older audiences to discuss issues around robot carers and companions, but all ages are welcome. See more here.

My Robot Companion – An Afternoon with HARR1” with Anna Dumitriu and Alex May, in conversation with Lorenza Ippolito will take place at Fabrica Gallery on 3rd September 2014 at 2pm as part of the Brighton Digital Festival - the event is aimed at older audiences to discuss issues around robot carers and companions, but all ages are welcome. See more here.

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HARR1 will be exhibited alongside The University of Hertfordshire’s Research Robots Sunflower, KASPAR and CHARLY at Bletchley Park, where Alan Turing undertook his groundbreaking work in computation, for the prestigious event the “Codebreakers Legacy" event on 9th November 2013.

HARR1 will be exhibited alongside The University of Hertfordshire’s Research Robots Sunflower, KASPAR and CHARLY at Bletchley Park, where Alan Turing undertook his groundbreaking work in computation, for the prestigious event the “Codebreakers Legacy" event on 9th November 2013.

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The Humanoid Art Research Robot 1, known as HARR1 will be exhibited at Watermans Gallery in London in September and October 2013 as part of an exhibition for the Urban Ambush Festival, linked to the workshops by artists as part of the "Robots and Avatars" project curated by body>data>space

The Humanoid Art Research Robot 1, known as HARR1 will be exhibited at Watermans Gallery in London in September and October 2013 as part of an exhibition for the Urban Ambush Festival, linked to the workshops by artists as part of the "Robots and Avatars" project curated by body>data>space

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#robotics  #art  #urban ambush  #robots and avatars