Let's Make Robots!

why do it exists?


building robots and seeing other robots, always the same problem emerge in my mind:


Why a robot is built and exists?

what is it's purpose?

who benefit its existence? 

it's a phylosophycal matter :o




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It's fun to build. And f it's good, it's a petty to destroy.

That's why they are build, and why the good ones often keep existing.

this is a god's point of view...

ya probably it's the right point of view ... 

the fitness criteria of a robot is the chance to resist to be scrapped from the creator

it's a matter of personality. more the robot have personality , more it survive from scrap...



 Everything from drum playing robots to questions of existence!


This is a question which could be asked of any human endeavor, why do we play football, why travel….. I think that for most people they do things because there is a return on the investment in time, we work (for money to buy components ;-); we sleep because we are tired and so on and so on.

For my point of view Robotics offers a number returns:-

The mind is a muscle, it needs exercise, and robotics is great exercise;

There is apart of some of us which have a need to build things, robotics offers infinite variety and challenge; Robotics blends art, engineering and science in a package which is also fun,

For some, robots form a tool to understand something, Walter Grey used Robots to understand the mind, and Robots are often used in AI as a tool to study theories. I long time ago I tried to build a robotic ant (lot bigger), I think I learned more about Ants that way, they are an absolutely amazing little creature. Look at a human; just consider vision, what we take for granted is actually remarkable difficult.

For some, robots offer a mechanism to go somewhere we cannot (Mars or better Europe), deep undersea, or places we don’t want to like mind fields.

For me, it’s a little of all of it, besides it is fun!

There are probably more reasons and justifications than there are robot builders.

Why was a robot built and why does it exist?

Does it need a reason? Do we have a reason to exist (Existentialism), the reason is in the mind, the yellow drum machine for example, it exists to entertain, it does not know it. Perhaps we are the same; we are not smart enough to know why we exist.

Who benefits from its existence? 

The creator, may get a return on investment, I think thousands would have been entertained by the YDM. I think it depends…

What a deep question for a Thursday!

If it is still fun for you  Keep building, this is a great group




I don't know why it posted as a block!
I feel the robots I build are some kind of an extension of myself, sometimes I like to have all the control over itself, make them remote controlled, other times I like to give them some rules to follow (void obstacles, make some sound, blink an LED, follow a human, do some girky thing.... )

I love to see others robots, and see the ways others think and solve problems and find solutions..  it´s a world full of infinite creative possibilities.

I´m amazed when I see a kid or an adult looking at a robot and comment that it seems to be alive.. they laugh, they say its so seet and cute, they want to look at it more closely, check the details..!! 

I guess that a cool robot makes a human feel more like a human.

(crappy english)   :-)

for me the purpose of a robot is to do somethink for itself...

my friends always say:" you are able to build robots, but your robots are useless, build somethink of usefull! a robot which can do somethink of usefull for you..."

I say no, robots are interesting when it seems they live their life trying to acheive their objective.. the objective may a stupid think like to follow a black line... and they have to be more autonomous  as possible...

For example, i think the Pummer is  my best robot, yes it do very stupid thinks but is totally autonomous because it continue to live for years without my intervention. this is my idea of robotic...

so PERSONALITY and AUTONOMY are key features in my opinion


(crappy english vol.2) 

I love useless robots  :D

in my opinion, if a robot is funny, if it makes smiles on people face, there is a good reason for a robot to exist!

The main reason I work in robots is to learn from it.  I've learned about electronics and programming microcontrollers working on my robot projects.  It also has appeal as a puzzle.  I think it's fun to figure out how to make a machine do something in a physical environment.

My robots exist so that I can build them.

Their primary function: to exist as proof of my ability to make them exist. That's useful enough for me.