Industrial Robot Meets Artificial Intelligence to Create Art


The creators of Mimus, a 1,200-kg (2646 lbs.) industrial robot that can sense and respond to human movement, believe it's possible. Part art-installation, part display of engineering ingenuity, Mimus was created from an ABB IRB 6700 robot and commissioned for the "Fear and Love" exhibit at The Design Museum with the goal of promoting companionship between humans and machines. The robot's creator notes that this particular machine is more like a "she" than an "it." Most industrial robots are made to perform repetitive tasks, but Mimus has no pre-planned movements and is instead programmed to freely explore the space around her and to interact with visitors. The exhibit designers wanted to replicate the experience of seeing a large, exotic animal at a zoo.