Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Strange and Exotic Robots on TED

Dutch artist Theo Jansen has created an extraordinarily odd set of moving sculptures, which any normal person would want to call robots, though they have no intelligence and are purely mechanical creations. He speaks of them as being "Strandbeests," and when you watch, you will understand why. Take a look; it's about an eight-minute video. I'll wait.

You can also view it in a separate browser window and read some background info on it. While you've got that open, check out some of the other videos listed in the TED sidebar. (TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. That's the name of the web site that presents these pieces.) They're all of a scientific and/or artistic bent.

"When I'm not working I sometimes think I know something, but when I'm working, it is quite clear I know nothing." —John Cage

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At 10:42 AM, Blogger Charlza said...

This is so cool, but also soooo freaky, heh!


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