Presence Pictures: Robots at Work and Play

[The Atlantic has published a set of 35 vivid photographs that demonstrate the diverse roles robots are occupying in 2018, and in many cases the medium-as-social-actor presence responses we have to them. Three of the photos are below and see the original feature for the full-size versions of all 35. –Matthew]

Robots at Work and Play

Alan Taylor
October 17, 2018

Advancements in robotics are continually taking place in the fields of space exploration, health care, public safety, entertainment, defense, and more. These machines—some fully autonomous, some requiring human input—extend our grasp, enhance our capabilities, and travel as our surrogates to places too dangerous or difficult for us to go. Gathered here are recent images of robotic technology, including a Japanese probe reaching a distant asteroid, bipedal-robot fighting matches in Japan, a cuddly cat-substitute robotic pillow, an automated milking machine, delivery bots, telepresence robots, technology on the fashion runway, robotic prosthetic limbs and exoskeletons, and much more.

12. A robot created by Japan’s Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories called Erica is presented at the IROS 2018 International Conference on Intelligent Robots in Madrid on October 5, 2018.

30. An elderly woman plays with a robot named “Nao” in her retirement home in Bordeaux, France, on March 16, 2018.

32. The Engineered Arts electrical engineer Beni Szlivka works on the skeleton structure of a Mesmer robot being built at the company’s headquarters in Penryn, England, on May 9, 2018.

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