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Kooman Samani

Lovotocs = Love + Robotics

This came out of social robots.
Western dualism includes both body and mind but also emotion and reason. This is falling out of favour towards monoism.

Love is covered by psychology philosophy etc.

Robots: industrial, service, social, and love?

There is a risk of the uncanny valley. Creepiness is also cultural. He decided to go for an abstract design and a simple looking interface.

Most people don’t think they could love a robot but are fine with robots loving them.

This project was fed by robots and AI but also by psychology.

Why do we fall in love? Repeat exposure is a factor.

His AI system emulated an endocrine system.

The state of the robot depends on the previous state, the endocrine emulation and the input.

This is slightly problematic … Like, one of the persistent problems in both AI and robots is that people want to assume emotion from the machine and this is just encouraging that.

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Sarah Angliss wrote an opera. She did composition and sound design. She had to learn to write for other people and make everything reliable.

Fifteen years ago she went to the Hunter Museum in London, including a skeleton of Charles Burn, who did not want his skeleton exhibited. His body was stolen after his death by Hunter. Her opera was about Burn. She spent seven years writing the opera, during which time the Hunter museum responded to pressure and removed the display.

Some of the instruments in the opera are her robots, including a carillon. She also used theremin. But mostly 18th century instruments used in weird ways.

Theatre uses some software called Q Lab.

She’s got a live looping device that does subtle weird stretching. There are several loop points on the phrase.

She got really into 1969s spectralism. Her stuff is based on the nightingale. The problem with mapping an FFT to a violin is that violins also have spectrums. She wrote software to take into account the violin’s spectrum. IRCAM’s software OrkIdea does this well.