Proposed: Scary Robots to Make ‘Unannounced’ Visits to Google Campus
Coming soon to the Googleplex? Screen shot from SRL’s proposal video.
Presumably the folks over at Google get a lot of interesting proposals. But I’ll bet not many are as cool as the one issued in public the other day by Mark Pauline, founder of Survival Research Laboratories.
It involves big, crazy, unannounced robot spectacles — right on the Google campus.
This sounds like a prank, but Pauline says he means it. And, actually, it sort of makes sense.
Here’s the deal: Pauline and various collaborators operating under the SRL umbrella have devised a remarkable series of robots, machines and special-effect devices, demonstrated in a series of “mechanized events” dating back to 1979. It’s serious stuff — huge, lumbering metal beasts; flame-throwing devices; massive mechanical claws. The events are loud and disconcerting, and things have a tendency to get destroyed.
In other words, SRL operates rather decisively outside the traditional corporate or military realms where tech boundaries are pushed (as the SRL site puts it: “Dangerous and Disturbing Mechanical Presentations since 1979”). But its unlikely and frequently menacing creations really work. And that’s why performances are legendary and notorious. Check out the recent “teaser reel” below. (Or longer videos here or here.)
And Google is — well, you know what Google is.