A delightful wander through the streets of Melbourne last week culminated in a visit to ACMI – Australian Centre for the Moving Image – where a fascinating exhibition called Screen Worlds is currently on display.
Comprised of numerous memorable screen clips, fascinating objects and interactive displays, the exhibition traces the history of the moving image, exploring its past, its present and its future.
To put it mildly, I was mesmerized, and could have easily spent a considerable number of hours reading, watching and exploring. At times, nostalgia truly engulfed me! So many old familiar faces, who I’d not seen for a very long time, were suddenly jumping out of screens and displays at me. If you recognize this face you’ll most probably share the warm fuzzy feelings that hit me and may well enjoy a walk down memory lane by visiting this great exhibition!
Arranged in chronological order from past to present, the other mind blowing thought that struck me was recognizing the incredible pace of change, growth and development, particularly that of the last ten to fifteen years, which seems to have happened without me even realizing it. It’s really quite mind boggling!
Later in the day, seated in my study, surfing the net as you do, I was thrown by a jump into the future I had least expected! While I’ve blogged about robots in the past – Making room for robots in your life where I discovered a delightful robot called JIBO – I found watching Boston Dynamics very recently released video Atlas, the Next Generation of Robots to be quite confronting ….. and ….. just a little bit scary. Watching the video, one can’t help wondering where this technology could be headed.
The blurb under this Youtube release paints the picture of the ‘human-like’ features of this robot.
A new version of Atlas, designed to operate outdoors and inside buildings. It is specialized for mobile manipulation. It is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. It uses sensors in its body and legs to balance and LIDAR and stereo sensors in its head to avoid obstacles, assess the terrain, help with navigation and manipulate objects. This version of Atlas is about 5′ 9″ tall (about a head shorter than the DRC Atlas) and weighs 180 lbs.”
If you aren’t already one of the nearly 11 million people who has already seen this video since its release just 4 days ago, check it out.
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