Robotville will communicate the current state of play where everything is at when it comes to robot structures, robot abilities and robot appearances, claims Nick Hawkes, a lecturer in artificial intelligence and programming at the University of Birmingham. Some of Hawkess recent work will be on show at the exhibition he helped build Dora, a robot able to map an area and then, if in a home, for instance, locate and fetch familiar items. While Hawkes predicts that, within certain parameters, robots will become more and more useful, he concedes that cyborg bounty hunters are unlikely. I can imagine robots doing menial, automated tasks in prisons, hospitals, hotels places where there are a consistent set of requests, he says.
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