Rise of the robots
Chef robots, piano-playing robots, actor robots, even robots that can respond naturally to conversation, pull faces and tell jokes. 1001 Inventions brought them together from around the world for a huge robotics and artificial intelligence festival in Kuwait in February 2020.
To set the scene and wow the sold-out audience, the team wanted a live show that all visitors would attend. The idea was to present the potential and the pitfalls of a robotic future, throw the limelight onto some key robots in action, and start people thinking about the values that need to underpin technological development.
It was great to be invited to work with 1001 Inventions again, and particularly with Ahmed Salim whose vision underpins 1001 Inventions, with its creative output including exhibitions, books, films, festivals and humanitarian work.
KUWAIT: Rise of the Machines and RobotsKFAS Festival of Robotics and AI with 1001 InventionsOPEN NOW till 14th Feb 2020http://www.kfasfestivals.comThe Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science (KFAS) in partnership with 1001 Inventions launched yesterday a new national festival about robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) in Kuwait.The “KFAS Robotics and AI Festival” is an educational event in Kuwait that is specifically targeting schools, youth and the general public. It is part of KFAS’s drive to advocate a scientific culture across Kuwait and support the government’s vision to transform Kuwait into a commercial, financial and technological hub.The Festival is an interactive adventure taking audiences of all ages on a journey from smart machines in Muslim civilisation to the modern hi-tech world of robotic, AI and machine learning.The 6 day event taking place between the 9th and 14th of February features an international range of state-of-the-art robots, hands-on activities, short films, and engaging live shows that enable learning through experience and play, sparking a passion for science and the pursuit of careers in STEM.#robots #kfasroboticsandaifestival #festival #kfas #1001inventions #heritage #science #learning #losthistory #kfasinfo#ألف_اختراع_واختراع#مهرجان_الروبوتات_والذكاء_الاصطناعي#مهرجان_مؤسسة_الكويت_للتقدم_العلمي_للروبوتات_والذكاء_الاصطناعيhttp://www.kfasfestivals.com
Posted by 1001 Inventions on Monday, 10 February 2020
We developed a script showcasing TeoTronico, RoboThespian, Han – an unsettlingly lifelike AI robot – and including plenty of interaction with characters from the present (Sara, a current student at Kuwait University) and the past (Alhasan, a famous inventor from the golden age of Muslim civilisation). The terrifying nine-foot-tall SteamBuster also made an appearance, but as audiences discovered, he had a secret of his own.
The festival was commissioned by the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science (KFAS) and designed to appeal to schools, universities, decision-makers, educators and family visitors.
what fun to be a part of this enthusiastic crew at the @kfasinfo robotics and AI festival this week! even after six full days of workshops, demos, and shows we’re still full of energy @wonderfulideaco @1001inventions pic.twitter.com/mwtaLMMBJT
— Ryan Jenkins (@ryanejenkins) February 14, 2020