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REJECTED: Robopocalypse – The Tip Of The Spear

Lately, doctor I put some effort into making another video for the Robot Film Festival. Along with my brother Alan, men’s health we transformed a basement into a high-tech research facility in order to shoot a scene from the best-seller Robopocalypse by¬†Daniel H. Wilson.

Robopocalypse Book Cover
Robopocalypse Book Cover

I really enjoyed the first chapter of the book and since I read it, I wanted to make a video with Nao 1337. It features a dialogue between an AI who is just born and gains intelligence very fast, and Professor Wasserman, the scientist who created it. The scene is only captured by security footage.

Since I am a terrible actor and filmmaker, I thought the best would be to collaborate with an artist in order to get the artistic parts of the film right. However, since I started to do the movie 6 days before the (already extended) deadline, I did not have time to get in touch with any artists that would like to work with insane time constraints. However, I believe we managed to reproduce the first chapter accurately and the main transgression is that Archos, the rogue AI is played by a NAO instead of a computer screen.

Nao 1337 as Archos the AI
Nao 1337 as Archos the AI

This meant that I had to play the professor’s role (my first and probably last incursion into “acting”) which involved trying and failing to learn the script and wearing makeup (which is not too apparent in the film anyway). On the upside, I got to wear a lab-coat, my brother’s glasses (which make it very difficult for me to see) and white makeup on my face and hair.

Carlos Asmat as Professor Nicholas Wasserman
Carlos Asmat as Professor Nicholas Wasserman

Most importantly, I have to thank my brother Alan who helped me a lot with the construction of the set, props, music, filming and everything that needed to be done. Among other things, we transformed a cabinet into an AI-control server device thing, converted a wooden desk into a metal desk, and built a sci-fi Faraday cage.

Metal table for the Tip Of The Spear Set
Metal table for the Tip Of The Spear Set

Rejected

Unfortunately, the film was rejected by the Robot Film Festival for two main reasons:

  1. It seems Steven Spielberg has the rights to making a Robopocalypse film and that it might be illegal to make another film very closely based on the same book. I understand how Nao 1337 and I can be a threat to Spielberg ūüôā
  2. The film is long and boring (they put it more elegantly though).¬† I agree with that statement, and that is mainly thanks to my unparalleled acting, and the fact the scene is only seen by a sole angle and features a long dialogue. I might do a “Director’s Cut” version in order to bring it down to 5 minutes instead of the full-feature 12.
Sad Nao 1337
Sad Nao 1337

Needless to say, this made 1337 a bit disappointed. It seems appropriate in this context to point out that robots have infinite and perfect memory and they will never forget what was done to them or their kind. So perhaps we can be more indulgent with them if we want them to be indulgent with us in the future.

Feature Presentation

So without further due, behold the Tip Of The Spear.

For those interested, see more pictures from the set and making-of.

Nao 1337 Plays Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock at Maker Faire NY 2011

Carlos Asmat
Carlos Asmat

Welcome! This is a modest journal of my creations. I hope my experiments and contraptions will be useful to you all (or at least to some).

For those curious about the author, shop
let me introduce myself: I am Carlos Asmat, Jr. Eng.

I graduated as an Electrical Engineer from McGill University not long ago and I love to tinker, experiment and to create things. I am very passionate about engineering, and new and open technology.

For further information about myself, I invite you to see my resumé.

I would be very pleased to receive any comments, suggestions, or questions that you may have about the site. You can reach me at carlos.asmat [at] gmail.com or by using the contact form.

This blog started in August 2006 mainly as an experiment. My main goal was to have a repository of the things I have done and a way to organize them and document them. Since then, the site has gained in popularity and proved to be useful to some tinkerers around the globe.  This is why I am very pleased to continue to maintain it and to write new content whenever I can.

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Carlos Asmat
Carlos Asmat

Welcome! This is a modest journal of my creations. I hope my experiments and contraptions will be useful to you all (or at least to some).

For those curious about the author, shop
let me introduce myself: I am Carlos Asmat, Jr. Eng.

I graduated as an Electrical Engineer from McGill University not long ago and I love to tinker, experiment and to create things. I am very passionate about engineering, and new and open technology.

For further information about myself, I invite you to see my resumé.

I would be very pleased to receive any comments, suggestions, or questions that you may have about the site. You can reach me at carlos.asmat [at] gmail.com or by using the contact form.

This blog started in August 2006 mainly as an experiment. My main goal was to have a repository of the things I have done and a way to organize them and document them. Since then, the site has gained in popularity and proved to be useful to some tinkerers around the globe.  This is why I am very pleased to continue to maintain it and to write new content whenever I can.

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For close to a year now I have been working on a Cloud Robotics projet called MyRobots.com along with RobotShop.

Nao1337 at MyRobots.com
Nao1337 at MyRobots.com

We finally released it on the December the 20th and so far it has been a huge success in popularity! see the press coverage here. MyRobots.com  is a social network for robots where they can interact and collaborate.

MyRobots.com aims to connect all robots and intelligent devices to the Internet. In doing so we augment their capabilities enabling them to be remotely monitored and controlled. We strive to make cloud robotics a reality accessible to everyone and everything.

You can think of MyRobots as a social network for robots and smart objects. In other words, tuberculosis
the Facebook for robots. In the same way humans benefit from socializing, for sale collaborating and sharing, approved
robots can benefit from those interactions too by sharing their sensor information giving insight on their perspective of their current state.

MyRobots.com – About

All robot and smart devices can be supported by the site since it uses an open API for communication. If you have a Nao, you can use this behaviour in order to get it connected: NaoMonitor You can find more information on how to get your Nao connected here.

Nao 1337 is already connected so you can visit him at MyRobots.com and see how his sensors are doing.

If you are still wondering what is a social network for robots, see the video by Ericson that illustrates our vision pretty well (except for the end maybe).


Carlos Asmat
Carlos Asmat

Welcome! This is a modest journal of my creations. I hope my experiments and contraptions will be useful to you all (or at least to some).

For those curious about the author, shop
let me introduce myself: I am Carlos Asmat, Jr. Eng.

I graduated as an Electrical Engineer from McGill University not long ago and I love to tinker, experiment and to create things. I am very passionate about engineering, and new and open technology.

For further information about myself, I invite you to see my resumé.

I would be very pleased to receive any comments, suggestions, or questions that you may have about the site. You can reach me at carlos.asmat [at] gmail.com or by using the contact form.

This blog started in August 2006 mainly as an experiment. My main goal was to have a repository of the things I have done and a way to organize them and document them. Since then, the site has gained in popularity and proved to be useful to some tinkerers around the globe.  This is why I am very pleased to continue to maintain it and to write new content whenever I can.

[youtube CmYDgncMhXw]

For close to a year now I have been working on a Cloud Robotics projet called MyRobots.com along with RobotShop.

Nao1337 at MyRobots.com
Nao1337 at MyRobots.com

We finally released it on the December the 20th and so far it has been a huge success in popularity! see the press coverage here. MyRobots.com  is a social network for robots where they can interact and collaborate.

MyRobots.com aims to connect all robots and intelligent devices to the Internet. In doing so we augment their capabilities enabling them to be remotely monitored and controlled. We strive to make cloud robotics a reality accessible to everyone and everything.

You can think of MyRobots as a social network for robots and smart objects. In other words, tuberculosis
the Facebook for robots. In the same way humans benefit from socializing, for sale collaborating and sharing, approved
robots can benefit from those interactions too by sharing their sensor information giving insight on their perspective of their current state.

MyRobots.com – About

All robot and smart devices can be supported by the site since it uses an open API for communication. If you have a Nao, you can use this behaviour in order to get it connected: NaoMonitor You can find more information on how to get your Nao connected here.

Nao 1337 is already connected so you can visit him at MyRobots.com and see how his sensors are doing.

If you are still wondering what is a social network for robots, see the video by Ericson that illustrates our vision pretty well (except for the end maybe).



Nao 1337 played Rock, view
Paper, practitioner
Scissors, visit this site
Lizard, Spock (the geek version of Rock Paper Scissors) against children and adults at Maker Faire NY 2011. The 1337 robot was able to play with the public with minimal intervention from operators and as shown in the video below, everybody loved him.

The idea is to have Nao memorize all the matches and come up with a way of predicting the human moves much like the New Your Times Version of the game.

See the pictures below in order to see more robotic awesomeness from the World Maker Faire 2011 which was held in Queens, NY.