The Robopocalypse is on its way. It may take a while but it will definitely arrive. The Economist sees it coming to an office near you. The Atlantic sees it coming as well and half of us will find our jobs automated.
While others may be trying to get rid of any number of six-legged critters, artist Mike Libby is busily constructing them. His site, Insect Lab Studio, hosts images of mechanical creations that fascinate and evoke thoughts of science-fiction steeped in steampunk fauna. The cog and mainspring creepy-crawlies Libby assembles are beautiful and and instructive. His quasi-robotic works make viewers want to know more about their real-world counterparts. Fly over to Insect Lab Studio and see what the buzz is all about.
- Though they’re not as beautiful as Mr. Libby’s creations, another kind of mechanical insects is attracting attention. Roboticist Charles Richter of the Cornell Creative Machines Lab has been using 3D printing to make ornithopters.
- The Institue of Robotics and Mechatronics has all kinds of exciting projects underway.
- What’s next? Snake robots?