This past weekend witnessed an event held in Australia that showcased the robotics future. Known as the 2015 Robotronica Festival, the celebration presented cutting-edge robotics in a series of workshops, demonstrations, games, and discussions. The publicity for the event included the following statement in a news article.
Take part in a journey from the beginning of imaginary robotic life right up to them evolving almost as clever as humans.
Robotronica was held at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and basically was a festival of all things robotic. Not just the current state of robotics, but the robotics future was explored and presented at the Brisbane, Australia event. Its primary aim is to educate people about robotics and its future. In 2013, the first occurrence of the festival attracted over 10,000 people.
The 2015 Robotronica festival is a celebration of innovation and an opportunity to glimpse the possibilities of the future.
Part of the attraction this year was the chance to meet the one of the world’s first cyborg artists. He has an implanted antenna in his head that extends over his head to dangle in front of his forehead. Although he is colorblind, his implant allows him to hear colors.
Personally, I see this festival as more than just a robotics future convention. It was certainly billed as more. And considering its popularity, it shows how popular robotics is with the public. People are curious about robots and how to relate to the coming world of robotics. Do people need to fear robots or embrace them? What is your opinion about this idea? Let me know…