These videos of real-life Robots will blow your tiny human mind

Check out these robot YouTubers, sci-fi screenwriters and escape- and other artists


AI Robot makes a run for it

A Russian robot, Promobot, tried to flee its evil overlords…ehh, scientists AGAIN
last week.

The robot made it approximately 160 feet (50 meters) to the street through an open gate, before it lost power and caused a very unusual traffic jam.

The Promobot was designed to interact with people using speech recognition, providing information in the form of an expressive electronic face, prerecorded audio messages and a large screen on its chest.

The internet went crazy with this story, with thousands of people pleading with its creators not to “kill” the wandering robot.

Reality check

Take an adorable “Short Circuit” type robot, add a major launch in September of its navigation system and top with an aggressive internet push by a known untrustworthy source. The result? There’s no proof, but I smell publicity stunt.

This robot has its own YouTube Channel

The team behind RoboThespian, a life-sized humanoid robot designed for human interaction in a public environment, have launched a new YouTube channel: Robot’s World.

The robot is very real – it even indulges in a hilarious rant – with swearing – in its first episode about the confusion between AI and robots.

Here’s RoboThespian robots sing the tune “I Am Not a Robot” by Marina and the Diamonds.
The two RoboThespian robots sing and, of course, dance The Robot to the lyrics, “I’m vulnerable, I’m vulnerable. I am not a robot.”

Here’s the robots doing their impression of Gollum from Lord of the Rings.

If you’d like to have your own robotic performing arts troupe (who wouldn’t?), the RT3 model, with touchscreen kiosk, will set you back a very reasonable £55,000.

This is what happens when a robot writes a sci-fi screenplay

The short film Sunspring was written by a computer and stars Silicon Valley’s Thomas Middleditch.

A so-called recurrent neural network, named Benjamin, was fed the scripts of dozens of science fiction movies including such Highlander Endgame, Ghostbusters, Interstellar and The Fifth Element.

From there it was asked to create a screenplay, including actor directions, for the Sci-Fi London film festival’s 48-hour challenge.

The resulting screenplay and pop song were then given to a cast including Thomas Middleditch from Silicon Valley, Elisabeth Gray and Humphrey Ker.

The result is a weirdly entertaining, strangely moving dark sci-fi story of love and despair. The sentences make sense in isolation, although the dialogue doesn’t really hang together.

Robots may take over the world at some point but screenwriters are safe for now.

Robot Restaurant in Japan

Last year in the country’s Huis Ten Bosch theme park, the Henn-na (“Weird Hotel”) opened, billed as the first staffed entirely by robots. Now the Japanese have another claim to machine fame: a themed restaurant focused on robotics.

With a future-carnivalesque atmosphere and enough psychedelic wattage to dim Las Vegas – think Medieval Times with Robots.

Some of the Robot Restaurant’s bizarre attractions include :

Ominous narration
A light show
Pole dancers
An all-lady marching band
Monkeys driving tanks
Panda ninjas
Glow sticks
Robots in rainbow clown wigs
Giant robots driven by scantily clad women

These are the robots turning their hands to art

Picassnake, a custom-made robot draped in a green snake toy. The snake bot paints from music, meaning that it dances to indie rock – improvising brushstrokes into unpredictable abstract paintings.

With the skill of an old master, e-David is a one-arm robot powered by a PC, five paintbrushes and a palette of 24 colors. He takes photos as he paints, calculating where to lighten or darken his masterpiece, showing that artworks made by robots are not only made by the programmer.

TAIDA, a brush-wielding robot from Japan, mixes its own color palette and painting under-layers before going in and coloring over parts, to make the image match mostly with the “vision” it had in mind, similar to the process human artists take.

The above three robots entered the first-annual Robot Art competition in 2016. TAIDA’s creators took home a prize of $30,000.

Siobhan O’Shea is a freelance writer. She writes about pretty much everything but especially likes to bring readers’ attention to new tech, marketing, human behavior, and other oddities.