Monday, March 16, 2009

Demotivational posters: funny yes... prophetic as well?

I have a poster on my office cubical wall that I bought from despair Inc last year. You can see it here in fact. The caption reads -

"MOTIVATION: If a pretty picture and a cute saying are all it takes to motivate you, you probably have a very easy job. The kind robots will be doing soon."

Well I had no idea that this cynical proverb would prove to be literally prophetic in quite so accurate a form... If any one group of professionals would fall into the afore mentioned category, I'd say that runway models at least as a generality most definitely would fit the mold.

Behold the future --

According to this article, the robot is being designed specifically as a runway model.


A Pilgrim's Porridge said...


I wish i had more to say...

scary on many levels.

Percussivity said...

I am going to preempt the following topic lest any be tempted to try and make the point. Drum machines do NOT fall under the category of robotics nor can they perform the same function of a living drummer except in an extremely limited and completely unadaptable capacity. While it could certainly be possible in future scenarios for a good robotic drummer to exist, it would NOT be anytime soon and thus is not applicable to the discussion at hand.

A Pilgrim's Porridge said...

what, you don't think a robot could handle improvisation?

Here's to the future of music:

Percussivity said...

That is clever... but this one is much more so: and the music is better :-P

A Pilgrim's Porridge said...

the guy that does these is a freak.

but he has a good palate. he buys coffee online from us.

The Irascible Neufonzola said...

Animusic has nothing to do with robots making the music. It is human-composed midi music that generates animated video that appears to follow the music.

Whether animusic or drum machines, the creation of the music itself still is 100% human. A drum machine is programmed with beats devised by humans. Animusic is programmed and sequenced by a guy sitting in front of a computer and keyboard (with a good coffee apparently?). If you can write a program that can spontaneously compose good music without it simply being seeded with random variations of human compositions, then we're getting somewhere.

Re the original video, here's my take. Equip that thing with Kill-O-Zap blasters. Sure, it could model clothes on a runway. But what happens then? Thousands of models with no other skills out of work. Whereas, dropping thousands of parachuting killer robots from the skies onto our nation's enemies...put it this way, the human soldiers would be more appreciative of having that job taken away from them. And not to mention, if you were a jihadi holed up in a Mosul safehouse and you suddenly heard the clomp of robotic feet coming in through the upstairs window...well, its good psy-ops, particularly since their suicide attacks (on robotic soldiers) would be less meaningful to them.

Percussivity said...

"Yes Saeed?"
"Did you hear something just then??"
"Yes Saeed... it sounded like 100,000 Americans saying 'WOP'."
"That is what I thought too."

Percussivity said...

For anyone I lost... that's sort of an inside joke for any Douglas Adams (Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy) fans.

The Irascible Neufonzola said...

The sad part is, while the Kill-O-Zap reference was deliberate, the rest of it was done with any allusion to the white robots of Krikkit completely in the subconscious. How could I miss that?