Do you think your job could be done by a robot? Would you like a robot for a pet, or to be tickled by one?
These are the questions you'll be asking yourself after seeing Humans Need Not Apply, the newest exhibition at Science Gallery Dublin.
The future of Artificial Intelligence is a pretty hot topic at the moment, with loads of movies broaching the subject of just how scarily realistic can robots be. The exhibition aims to show people how to get to grips with robot terms, such as 'machine learning and cognitive computing' and to explore the possibilities of just how 'human' robots can be.
With deadly exhibits such as a Tickle Salon, where you get tickled and caressed by a robot whose movements become more refined the more you react, is an eye-opener for how intimate it's possible to be with a machine.
You can check out a pet robot, Cozmo, who has an adaptive and playful behaviour and will recognise its owners face. Certainly an idea to consider for small apartment dwellers of the future.
Or what about a self-typing machine? Two automatic typewriters send messages ?to one another, or a visitor can sit at one machine and the other will respond to their questions. For each question asked, there are anywhere between one and thirty different possible answers.
There's also an automated Tinder bot that shows conversations between humans and bots in this digital dating age.
More sinister of all is the thought of a parasitic robot living off human energy, with a dystopian view of robots using humans to power themselves.
If you're at all curious about the future of man and machine, then this exhibition is a must-see. Let's just hope those self-typing machines don't take over Lovin Dublin.
“Humans Need Not Apply” runs from February 10th to May 14th at Science Gallery Dublin, Pearse St, Dublin 2.
Header image: Lady Chatterly's Tinderbot