Robot-Human Comedy Troop Looks to Pioneer Entertainment with Android Actors
Arthur Simone, co-founder of Coldtowne Theater in Austin, Texas, along with Martin Triplett, founder of Red Sky Robotics, are pioneering improvisational robot-human comedy with a new show titled “Bot Party“. Bot Party was performed at this year’s SXSW and is an alchemy of robotics, puppetry, theatre and special effects.
Arthur contacted the American Intelligence Report and penned that he”built a robot and taught it to celebrate Star Wars Day.”
Simone, who is the creator of the program, has released a video of himself teaching Annabelle the Robot to say “May the Fourth be with you” in celebration of Star Wars Day.
Annabelle the Robot relies on voice recognition and word association — and a splash of software logic, Engadget reports.
The other half of the robot comedy troop is Ava. This bot is equipped with visual sensors, thermal vision, articulated arms, and tracks.
Bot Party’s official website labels the group as a “humanist collective of artists and engineers exploring the intersection of art and technology through live comedy with humans and robots.”
It is reasonable to believe that robot actors will play a large role in entertainment in the future, including comedy. Entertainment has long incorporated robot-themed movies and TV programs, such as Dr. Who, Forbidden Planet, Short Circuit, Blade Runner, Terminator and more recently, Wall-E.
Bringing robot actors one step closer to reality, Bot Party “aspires to celebrate our very dynamic human uselessness by building equally silly characters and repurposing robots for live interactive comedy theatre. Artificial Intelligence must be paired with Artificial Stupidity if we are to open the door to discovery and find a complementary place for robots, and ultimately ourselves, in our moral and cultural landscape.”
If you would like to meet one of the stars of Bot Party, they will be appearing in an upcoming fashion show. Simone told the American Intelligence Report via email, “I’ve got the robot as a fashion model at Austin Maker Faire this weekend.”
You can help Bot Party make more robots by contributing to their Kickstarter campaign.
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