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small work for robot and insects
‘Small work for robot and insects’ is designed to illustrate the intersections and mutual mediation of technological and natural systems. It stages the attempts by a robot to establish some kind of meaningful dialog with a colony of live crickets using a custom designed neural network brain to analyse the song of the crickets and formulate responses. Rather than solely mimicking the crickets, the AI enables the robot to discover and develop a unique range of expressions with which to communicate. This demands a machine intelligence with the necessity and ability to learn how to entice a living system, it is not enough for the machine to simply interact with its surroundings or repeat what it hears. The robot has to become more ‘alive’, to think creatively and adapt to the unpredictable and ever changing nature of its task.