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Robots take Downtown: Polytech grad students show off innovations

Robots take Downtown: Polytech grad students show off innovations
Do not trust the machines: Caesar the robot, which mimics people’s facial expressions, was on display at NYU Polytechnic Institute’s School of Engineering Research Expo on April 24.
Photo by Elizabeth Graham

The robots are coming!

Students at New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering showed off their tech-whiz know-how at an exposition of the top innovation coming out of the institute on April 24.

There was no obvious plan for world domination on display at the exposition, but at least one research team took steps to make their three-dimensional robotic creation more palatable to the top of the earth’s food chain.

“Our puppet was really ugly, so we needed to make it more humanoid,” said Anthony Brill, a first-year graduate student in mechanical engineering who had rigged up a robotic, app-controlled marionette puppet to look like Spider-Man.

In a more sinister corner of the expo lurked Ceasar the Robot, a robotic bust programmed to imitate facial expressions of human emotion, an artificial intelligence development that can only have grave implications for the future of the human race.

We here at this paper pride ourselves on adaptability, and seeing the writing on the wall, we resolve to do our part to welcome our new robot overlords and ease their transition into power.

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at nhuro[email protected]cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz

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