Robot competitions are very popular right now; there are competitions
for robots that solve mazes, put out fires, annihilate one another, play
soccer, and so on. These contests usually have very specific rules and
regulations regarding how the robots are to be built, what materials can
be used and what behavior is allowed. Additionally, these contests tend to
be focused on very specific tasks and the robots are simply judged by how
well they perform those tasks. While most rational people agree that
robots that are designed to put out fires or play soccer are pretty cool,
there is much more going on in the robot building universe than that. Many
humans are involved in building a tremendous variety of creative robots.
ArtBots brings together some of these talented robots for a robot talent
in a human talent show, there are no hard limits on what counts as robotic talent; robots that play musical instruments, paint, dance, create and recite dramatic poetry or do stand up comedy routines are some just some of the intriguing possibilities.