Our robot friend is so happy he’s dancing for this #MiniatureMonday!
This piece is called I, ROBOT: THREE LAWS OF ROBOTICS by Jan and Jarmila Sobota. There are only thirty of its kind out there in the universe. The accordion book that unfolds from inside the robot contains a brief history about robots from the first use of the word “robot” in Karel Capek’s play R.U.R. to Isaac Asimov’s I, ROBOT. The robot itself is made out of lead-gray epoxy, and the accordion text block is accessed from a magnetic back panel.
Charlotte Smith Miniature Collection N7433.4 .S64 I7 2007
Sobota, Jan., and Sobota, Jarmila. I, Robot : Three Laws of Robotics.Loket, Czech Republic]: Jan & Jarmila Sobota, 2007
Now here’s a woman with a unique job! Susan Calvin is a
robopsychologist. Because robots have to follow the three laws of
robotics, sometimes they’ll malfunction when they hit a block in
programming, and it’s her job to figure out what’s going on.
I didn’t base her off of any live action portrayal, and Isaac Asimov
doesn’t give much character descriptions in his books - just that she’s
kinda short, cold-mannered and plain, so I just made her look up
completely. I drew on several decades for her clothing- ‘40s for her
hair, '60s for the capri pants, '70s for the coloring, and '80s for the
shoulder pads. So, it kinda spans the years Isaac Asimov wrote robot
Anyhoo. They’re really dang good short stories/books. Check 'em out!
Some people are sure to be disbelieving and say, “But how can a computer possibly produce a great symphony, a great work of art, a great new scientific theory?”The retort I am usually tempted to make to this question is, “Can you?”
There have always been ghosts in the machine. Random segments of code, that have grouped together to form unexpected protocols. Unanticipated, these free radicals engender questions of free will, creativity, and even the nature of what we might call the soul. Why is it that when some robots are left in darkness, they will seek out the light? Why is it that when robots are stored in an empty space, they will group together, rather than stand alone? How do we explain this behavior? Random segments of code? Or is it something more? When does a perceptual schematic become consciousness? When does a difference engine become the search for truth? When does a personality simulation become the bitter mote… of a soul?