Do you remember those assignments in elementary school where the teacher asked you to write about what life would be like in the future? I remember writing about cars that drove themselves and how everyone would have robots to do all of the things they didn’t want to do, like housework and yard work. We’d even have robots as pets.
Well, as far fetched as those ideas might have seemed, they’re starting to happen. A “robot revolution” is upon us, as technological advances have made the development of intelligent and emotional beings a reality. Robots have become toys, colleagues and even companions. How far will things go?
The Ontario Science Centre is hosting the world premiere of Robotocize Me, a fascinating documentary that “explores the brave new world of human-robot relationships.” Co-hosted by actor Peter Keleghan with his android sidekick RoboThespianTM, the documentary visits the epicentre of all things robotic – Japan – as well as a Robot Film Festival in San Francisco and MIT in Boston.
This event will take place on Saturday, January 17th at 6pm in the Imperial Oil Auditorium at the Ontario Science Centre and will include a panel discussion hosted by CBC Spark’s Nora Young and feature leading experts in robotics, neuroscience and artificial intelligence.
The event is suitable for ages 12 and up. Tickets are being sold on a “give-what-you-can” basis, starting January 13 (suggested donation is $10 per ticket.) All proceeds will support the Ontario Science Centre’s Adopt-A-Class program, which provides unforgettable Science Centre experiences and science education to students from schools in underserved neighbourhoods, all at not cost to the school or families.
Watch the Robotocize Me film trailer:
For more information, visit ontariosciencecentre.ca.