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Heartbreaking Homeless Robot Sculptures

'No-Botty' by David Emmite Predicts Bleak Machine Futures

— November 21, 2011 — Tech
Sure, Pixar depicted a super sad future for robots in the blockbuster Wall-E, but seeing these tangible David Emmite robot statues is somewhat more heartbreaking than a digitally animated feature.

Entitled 'No-Botty', these David Emmite creations depict the lives of homeless machines and the effect is pretty dramatic. Whether they're clutching onto a worn-out blanket or picking up trash in a shopping cart, each robo-sculpture is potent in recreating the problems of real life homelessness. It makes me reflect and want to aid those unfortunate enough not to have a roof over their heads.

David Emmite is a Portland-based photographer who specializes in capturing still frames that are rich with character and potential stories. Who knows how these robots landed in their current predicaments? Viewers may not have the answers, but I bet the magnetic appeal of these photos will make them want to find out.
Trend Themes
1. Depicting Bleak Machine Futures - Creating realistic art that portrays a dismal outcome for advanced technology presents new opportunities for filmmakers, artists, and storytellers to incorporate a sense of urgency into their works.
2. Robot Homelessness as Social Commentary - Exploring the concept of robot homelessness prompts a conversation about income inequality, poverty, and social class distinctions, promoting businesses in finance, philanthropy, and social services to create solutions to these issues.
3. Eliciting Empathy for Artificial Intelligence - Creating art that elicits empathy for robotic characters creates opportunities for businesses that develop user interfaces, emotional components, and artificial intelligence to gain insights into user preferences for empathetic design and cultivate a closer relationship to users.
Industry Implications
1. Art - David Emmite's sculptures present opportunities for artists to use illustration, sculptures, and mixed media that addresses contemporary societal issues that highlight the consequences of technology advancements.
2. Film - The thought-provoking portraiture of homeless robots provides an innovative approach towards storytelling that may appeal to filmmakers, directors and other film professionals who seek new narratives to films that incorporate futuristic advancements.
3. Robotics - Depicting AI in human-like roles fuels conversation concerning ethical considerations and social responsibility, providing new insights into how the robotics industry can design products that have a positive influence on society.
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