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Although it was made several years ago, Pawel Hynek’s 2006 CG image, dubbed “Obsolete,” is a funny portrayal of where we’re heading. It shows a homeless, purposeless robot, promising data processing in exchange for spare energy.

In a way, I feel like he represents the collection of nonfunctional computers, cassette tapes and Nintendo consoles growing in all of our basements… although if one of those started begging me for help, I’m not sure I even have the tools anymore to fix them (unless you count duct tape). Cory Doctorow of Boing Boing recalls a chapter from Ian McDonald’s “The Broken Land” when he looks at the scene, created with 3ds Max and V-Ray. I’m reminded of the scene from A.I. Artificial Intelligence of the monster-truck-rally-type flesh fair, where they demolish older-generation robots for sport.

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Avatar of Jenn Castillo

Jenn graduated from the University of Colorado with an M.S. in mechanical engineering after studying robotics and electronics packaging, and has a deeply rooted love for anything that beeps, whirrs, lights up, or runs on a motor. She began writing about technology for CNET's Appliance and Kitchen Gadget blog, and now works as a hardware engineer while providing content for GeekBeat.TV. You can follow her on Twitter @jenntherobot

2 Responses

  1. Brian Hanifin

    This reminds me of the robots from the Astro Boy movie which were simply discarded over the edge of the floating utopian city when there were no longer needed.

  2. Curiosity63

    Hello Jenn,
    thank you for this good article.

    If only the manufacturers of the “nonfunctional computers, cassette tapes and Nintendo consoles” had thought about recycling after making that stuff then the basements wouldn’t have to fill up with them.

    I hope one day those older and obsolete technology might become useful again. Don’t know how just yet, but there must be a way to recycle them, so they don’t have to be obsolete or redundent anymore. :)

    Take care,
    nick