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LasAbsurdasMaquinas:Robotics,Art,andtheAbsurdAaronEdsingerandJeffWeberMITArtificialIntelligenceLaboratory200TechnologySquareCambridge,[email protected],[email protected](TheAbsurdMachines)isanongoingprojecttodevelopsophisticatedroboticartinstallationsthatexploreissuesofform,move-ment,andtheembodimentofthehumanexperi-ence.TherobotDirtyRed,onviewattheAAAI-01robotexhibition,isacentralcomponentofthiswork.Wepresentinthispaperthetechnicaldetailsoftherobot,aswellasthemotivationoftheprojectingeneral.1Introduction“Art,”Aristotlesaid,“completeswhatnaturecannotbringtoafinish.Theartistgivesusknowledgeofnature’sunrealizedends.”[Clark,1952].RoboticsholdsauniquepotentialinthedevelopmentofWesternart.Asroboticistsandartificialintelligenceresearchers,weareengagedinaclassicstruggletoemulateandunderstandnature.Ourloftyambitionsaimtoembodythenaturalworldaroundusinmachinesofourowndesign.Wearecompletingwhatnaturecouldnotbringtoafinish.Inthisaspect,wearebothartistsandscientist...