01 PM | 27 Apr

Human+ the #future of our species #robots #cyborgs #VR #genetics [#geekgirl]

human-plus

Advances in genetic engineering, biotechnology and nanotechnology that not long ago seemed purely science fiction are now real. Cyborgs, superhumans and clones are alive amongst us today. What does it mean to be human now? What will it feel like to be a human a hundred years from now? Should we continue to embrace modifications to our minds, bodies and daily lives, or are there boundaries we shouldn’t overstep?

HUMAN+ The Future of Our Species, ArtScience Museum’s new cutting-edge exhibition, explores the possible future paths of our species. It asks what it means to be human in a world of artificial intelligence, lifelike robots and genetic modification. It probes the social, ethical and environmental questions raised by using technology to modify ourselves. Will virtual reality be the new reality? What would happen if a robot knew what we wanted before we knew ourselves? How might we modify ourselves to adapt to an environment that we are drastically transforming? Is longevity a noble aspiration or a terrible threat for the planet? In the future, who will have ownership of our genetic information?

Featuring work by Oron Catts, Ionat Zurr, Stelarc, Nina Sellars and many more.  Opens May 20, 2017

Source: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

01 PM | 19 Feb

Backstage at the London Science Museum’s #Robots exhibition [#geekgirl]

Design critic Oliver Wainwright goes behind the scenes at the Robots exhibition at the Science Museum in London. Curator Ling Lee introduces him to some of the most advanced humanoid robots in the world, from a lifelike baby to robots without conscience. She explains the stage that the technology is at, who may use it and how far it has to go.

Australian link: Science Museum’s trove of robotic delights holds a mirror to human society

Source: The Guardian

02 PM | 10 Oct

#Flying #Robot #Rockstars [#geekgirl]

This one isn’t that new (made in 2014). I stumbled across it when I was researching drone music. KMel Robotics (supported by the military industrial complex) presents a team of flying robots that have taken up new instruments to play some fresh songs. The hexrotors create music in ways never seen before, like playing a custom single string guitar hooked up to an electric guitar amp. Drums are hit using a deconstructed piano action. And there are bells. Lots of bells.