I have been running into lots and lots of robots lately... virtually, of course. Not too surprising, considering all the playing robot I do with this computer attached to my fingertips, lately.
A couple of the synapse- and circuit-blowing real-life robot stories that I've come across lately:
1. Radiolab's "Talking to Machines" episode: http://www.radiolab.org/2011/may/31/
2. Momoyo Torimitsu's creepy robot performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djJDvgUOL7E
3. Martin Hans Schmitt's Robot World non-verbal documentary... awesome, if you can get your hands on it... in the meantime, the trailer: http://vimeo.com/14416505
4. I'm afraid this could just go on forever... I just found this on my buddy Andy Fritz's buzz, cracked me up:
Bad news for all those in the tiny underwater step pyramid construction business.
Researchers at the NanoRobotics Laboratory of the École Polytechnique de Montréal, under Professor Sylvain Martel, produced this remarkable video showing a swarm of about 5,000 flagellated bacteria--...