The team at Sorbonne took part in an arts and science demonstration with a robot at a Conference in Nancy, France in May 2023. The robotics part was carried out with Mehdi Khamassi and Steve Nguyen, researchers in Artificial Intelligence and bio-inspired robotics. In contrast to the current fashion effects on Artificial Intelligence, we wanted to make a robot that was as imperfect as possible, but beautiful in its quest and its perseverance. A robot that tries, makes mistakes, hesitates, changes its mind, and goes back. In short, a robot which which seeks its way and which seems to seek itself.
Robotics, AI, art and design, anthropology, psychology, philosophy, language sciences – each field develops its own notions, tools, often in multidisciplinary contexts. The objective of this conference was to compare the views of scientific disciplines and practices and the interactions they generate.