Part of a series of images from the liquid metal, carbo-plastic, hydrogel and permacrete core of visual creators on the Internet. Images that stir my senses and evoke plots and concepts for what I’d like to see (or fear) in the future.
Yet another brilliant piece of digital art by Benedict Campell. Sums up the nature of synthetic humanoids perfectly – and perhaps the darker aspect of male interest in the female form: an attractive woman with blank, almost submissive features lacking the “complication” of limbs? Or just a bit a cool cyber tech eye candy for your computer desktop. *smiles with raised eyebrows*
It’s certainly true that with University tech labs and a handful or corporate R&D centres releasing working prototypes of “humanoid” robots – the question and debate is fast approaching when the engineers will need to decide whether or not to create machines that actually look like us. Because despite the science fiction fantasy of the idea, the actual reality of having one of these things walking around your space is apparently creeping a lot of people out. (Especially if you’ve got a partially dismembered torso hanging from the rafters). I guess it’ll come down to consumer choice. Blank, featureless bots for domestic work and the best of synthetic beauty for the sex industry.
In the shared universe of my sci-fi & dark fantasy novels there’s a sensible blend of humanoid and purely functional machines, from the subservient Sony Houseman RB3 to the insect-like sentry systems that flutter articulated antenna and flex tiny spines, ready to respond, at the approach of un-tagged intruders. Come the apocalyptic cataclysm of Yellow Dawn – The Age of Hastur, these robots became the bogey-men of survivor folk-lore due to the unforseen consequences of the Dragon Breath Project.
- Benedict Campbell website.