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Sony envisions a futuristic installation of AI and robotic design at the V&A during London Design Festival

Press release   •   Aug 30, 2019 09:00 BST

Sony demonstrates its vision at the Victoria & Albert Museum;

Presenting an exploration into how technology can enrich our lives and society

  • ‘Affinity in Autonomy’ envisions a world in which intelligence, technology and creative design is integrated more into our day to day lives; it looks further at the relationship between humans and robots
  • The V&A exhibition explores the emotion, companionship and behaviour of robotics; how humans interact, co-exist both now and in the future, and looks at the impact on our emotions and senses through technology
  • Since the creation of the world first Entertainment Robot, ‘AIBO’ in 1999, Sony has continued to grow its knowledge and understanding of AI and Robotics

The exhibition will run from 14th – 22nd September and explores Sony’s vision for life-enriching robotics.

It looks at the future relationship humans can develop with robots capable of emotion; setting out to show that when humans feel that our robotic friends are alive, we will begin to feel an affinity toward them.

Affinity in Autonomy features an installation named ‘pendulus’ – an interactive robotic pendulum that portrays the independence and free will of robotics using random movements. The pendulum detects human presence and this recognition is then reflected in the kinetic motion.

Exhibiting a rich, dynamic and autonomous behaviour, this conceptual piece engages visitors who are seeking an emotional and physical response. The work endeavors to portray emotion and sensitivity, illustrating the enriched relationship possibilities for a new tomorrow.

Phillip Rose, Director of Sony Design Centre Europe comments, “Sony Design is entering a new realm with ‘Affinity in Autonomy’, making unfamiliar concepts familiar. Exploring the correlation between the human condition and the onset of forward-thinking technology. In an increasing sensor-filled world the installation places focus on the emergence of artificial intelligence and allows visitors to explore its behaviour and own personality.”

“It’s a glimpse into a future where intelligent technologies and creative design merge into our lives on an emotional level. Since the company’s inception nearly seven decades ago, Sony’s design and innovation has been led by the doctrine ‘do what has never been done before’.”

“The world’s first Entertainment Robot, Sony’s ‘AIBO’, walked into our lives in 1999. In the 20 years since then, it’s become clear that sensing technology and artificial intelligence will have a firm place in our lives, and our homes. It's more important than ever to acclimatize to how it will shape our futures, and that’s what this exhibition aims to encourage.”

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Event Information:

Title: 'Affinity in Autonomy'

Venue: Victoria and Albert Museum, The Prince Consort Gallery, Cromwell Road, Knightsbridge, SW7 2RL

Dates: Saturday 14th to Sunday 22nd September

Details: Website: www.sony.net/londondesignfestival

Instagram: @sonydesign_official/

About the Sony Creative Center

Sony has always been at the forefront of design and became one of the first companies to create an in-house creative studio. Since its inception in 1961, Sony Design has forged its reputation as a leading and award-winning global design team. Today the value and contribution has expanded beyond purely product design, with a growing business portfolio in new domains such as medical, financial, education and entertainment. Designers strive to transform functional value and innovation into emotional experience, this encompasses what we refer to as the ‘Perceptual Experience Project’.

For more information Sony Design, visit: www.sony.net/design

About Sony Corporation

Sony Corporation is a creative entertainment company with a solid foundation of technology. From game and network services to music, pictures, electronics, semiconductors and financial services - Sony's purpose is to fill the world with emotion through the power of creativity and technology. For more information, visit: http://www.sony.net

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