Intelligent robotic octopus settles in at IBM
The Swedish art duo Robert Stasinski and Alessandra Di Pisa has designed a unique piece of art – a giant robotic octopus. Using artificial intelligence, the octopus can interact with viewers around complex philosophical questions. MTAB transported the artwork from The Royal School of Technology in Stockholm to IBM’s headquarters in Kista.
The robot contains highly advanced technology in the form of IBM Watson, an artificially cognitive system. Its knowledge is sourced from 2000 years of global history of ideas.
The robotic octopus constantly poses new synthetically derived questions to the viewer based on philosophical works. When the viewer interacts with the robot through an app and answers the questions, it responds by performing a unique choreography of movement, form and color.
Today, technology is often used to provide us with answers. We wanted to do something different. We believe that art can be used as a cognitive tool, making it very interesting to use artificial intelligence in our artwork. It is in the intersection between technology and art that new doors are opened, says
Extremely fragile and sensitive technology
The robot has the shape of a six limbed organic structure, reminiscent of an octopus. Built with the help of robotics students from the Royal School of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, the 150 kg heavy piece of art was installed in IBM’s lobby at the headquarters in Kista. MTAB arranged the transport from KTH to IBM.
MTAB was the number one choice right off the bat. They are a well-established professional fine art logistics company that also does a lot of transportation of high-tech equipment. They have a genuine understanding of the special requirements for transporting both art and technology, a combination that was a perfect match for this project, says
MTAB had to build special custom transport platforms and packaging for the project. The artwork contains a lot of technology and is extremely sensitive, which poses a great risk during transport. Attention to detail, great caution and a structured transport process is essential.
In our industry, every object is unique and therefore requires customized transport solutions. You need to be innovative, flexible and solution oriented to succeed without problems. The robotic octopus was a special project – heavy with a lot of fragile and sensitive technology. But at the same time, it was an exciting challenge,
Philosophical live streaming
The artwork is now on display at IBM’s headquarters in Kista. Those who are not able to visit IBM can interact with the octopus remotely through the app. The robot’s response is broadcasted via a live stream to the user.
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