What Robots dream of…

Van Mensvoort
July 23rd 2011

You may think it's a cliché, but deep down inside robots want to be birds and fly high in the sky. Hooray for the good people of Festo, that demonstrate at TED how they turn the dream into a reality.

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Martijn Wismeijer
Posted 23/07/2011 – 18:20

When I read the headline I immediately thought that Androids dream of electric sheep instead of flying.
I have known Festo for a long time (as a mechanical engineer) and they are market leader in the pneumatic / hydraulics field. It's a very unlikely project for them but find it fantastic how they pulled it off. With a 2 meter wingspan and a weight of less than 500 grams! Wow! I want one!

Should men be able to give birth to children?


Koert van Mensvoort: Is the artificial womb frankenstein-like symbol of (male) engineers trying to steal the magical womb from women? Or… is it a feminist project and needed to reach through equality between the sexes? I personally lean towards the latter. To me it feels like progress if a girl can tell a guy to carry the womb for a change.

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