When: Nov. 6-Dec. 6 2009
With technological change accelerating at an exponential rate, it’s almost certain that robots will play an increasingly larger role in our lives. While philosophers and engineers grapple with the philosophical and logistical implications of the looming sea change, the Robotics Identification Institute is taking a role similar to the 18th-century naturalists and gentleman scientists who developed early taxonomic trees of life: mainly, the classification of robots. On Friday, Dec. 4, listen to director and founder of the Robotics Identification Institute, Eliot K Daughtry, discuss the ontology of C3PO, at the closing reception of the Robot Taxonomy Project at 21 Grand (416 25th St., Oakland). 7 p.m.