What Should Robots Smell Like?

thesmellofcontrol1It depends on what purpose we want them to serve. we make money not art looks at plans for several robots equipped with odor-emitting “sweat glands” which both make the machines seem more organic/alive and effect how people react to them:

Three existing industrial robots have been augmented with ‘sweat glands’. Each uses a specific property of human sub-conscious behavior in response to a chemical stimulus: one makes humans about to undergo surgery more trustful, another one makes women working in production line more focused and the third one is a bomb disposal robot that emits the smell of fear.

The contrast between the physical anti-anthropomorphic nature of the machines and the olfactory anthropomorphism highlights the absurd nature of the trickery at play in all anthropomorphism.

12 Comments on "What Should Robots Smell Like?"

  1. DeepCough | Jul 19, 2011 at 3:26 pm |

    I think the “fear sweat” is a useful invention: it lets people know when to “Hit the deck!”

  2. DeepCough | Jul 19, 2011 at 11:26 am |

    I think the “fear sweat” is a useful invention: it lets people know when to “Hit the deck!”

  3. Anonymous | Jul 19, 2011 at 4:42 pm |

    Does the bomb disposal robot give off a smell like shitty diapers when the detonator timer gets low enough?

  4. Does the bomb disposal robot give off a smell like shitty diapers when the detonator timer gets low enough?

  5. Anarchy Wolf | Jul 19, 2011 at 5:25 pm |

    WTF is wrong with the people that design this trash? How many more ways are they going to think up how to control us all? Seriously, can someone find these people and cane them, hard.

  6. Anarchy Pony | Jul 19, 2011 at 1:25 pm |

    WTF is wrong with the people that design this trash? How many more ways are they going to think up how to control us all? Seriously, can someone find these people and cane them, hard.

  7. Vic Bramble | Jul 19, 2011 at 10:20 pm |

    I thought predators attacked when they smell fear. The last thing we need is our bomb disposal robots getting attacked by lions and wolves.

  8. Vic Bramble | Jul 19, 2011 at 6:20 pm |

    I thought predators attacked when they smell fear. The last thing we need is our bomb disposal robots getting attacked by lions and wolves.

  9. i lol’ed

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