This was a new event at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Washington. It was a relatively small event and shows potential for the future. It was great fun meeting fans and talking with visitors to the Robot of the Day table. I ran out of business cards so I resorted to drawing stickers and handing those out!
The robot wanted to talk so I sat down, took out a pen and immediately began recording the robot’s words. They have developed the capacity to admire and appreciate the actions of others and have grasped the concept of “hero.” When the robot finished talking I was speechless for a time…
The robots are generally partial to EDM and have recently discovered Steve Aoki. So now I get them booming at me “Grab your markers and sketchbook… IIIIIIT’S TIME!!” in a nearly flawless imitation of UFC announcer Bruce Buffer.
With increasing frequency we’ve been having discussions about non-physical characteristics. Personality tests have become a fad. One of my favorite questions to ask of the robots I meet is: “What color is a robot’s heart?” It’s a great springboard into a nearly bottomless conversation.
I caught one of the robots in a moment of self-contemplation and had to take a few minutes to sketch out the scene as I remembered it. I never did ask the robot what it was doing, what it was thinking.