Robots

“Robots in essence represent the merger of two long-standing trends: the advancement of technology to do our work and the use of a service class that can provide cheap labour for higher classes of society. In this light, robots are a sign of technological advancement but also an updated version of the slave labour that in past centuries people used to exploit other human beings.”

– Alec Ross, The Industries of the Future (Simon & Schuster, 2016)

Robots

Machine imagination

“Who would know more about the drama of our daily lives than a Roomba or Dropcam? Might a self-driving car write the next Kerouac-style novel? A crime procedural show as seen from surveillance cameras’ points of view? One could imagine a bored smart-home staging a re-enactment from old log files while the family is away, replaying a family dinner through re-runs of lighting, air conditioning and appliance settings, like a domotic puppet show.”

    – Will anyone care when a robot wins the Man Booker prize? Wired.co.uk

Machine imagination