Alaa Edris, Reem Dream 02, 2015
BABU, Go HIgh, 2016


Robotics and the new humanoid paradigm


November 13 - November 27, 2017


In collaboration with Dr. Nikolaos Mavridis
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology




Ideas and realities of artificial intelligence (AI) have been with us for almost a century. More recently we are seeing an expansion of a new kind: the humanoid robot, with Japanese design teams being at the forefront of this r/evolution.

Highly complex, increasingly human-like, emotionally intelligent companions are being designed. These humanoids will be as common as TVs and we will find them contemplating on our Eames loungers sooner than we can imagine.

‘Design has a central role to play in this process, for it is designers who shape the interfaces between humans and machines. Whereas robotics used to be the exclusive domain of engineers and IT experts, today designers are helping to shape the current boom in robotics in key ways. It is they who decide how and where we encounter robots, what kind of relationship we form with them, and how we interact with them – or they with us.’ - #hellorobot

In doing so, they are faced with one of the biggest challenges yet; the design of emotions. Emotions expressed; emotions recognised; in some cases, even emotions shared and controlled. Is it even possible?


At CHI-KA, in collaboration with Dr. Nikolaos Mavridis, PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Director of ‘Interactive Robots and Media Laboratory’ (IRML), and creator of the first Arabic language dialogic robot ‘Ibn Sina,’ we will give visitors a creative, interactive insight into this uncanny and still surrealistic world of designed robotic futures and new human paradigms.

Learn about and experience ancient Automata from Egypt, Greece, and Japan - robot predecessors, and the first Arab robot.

In addition, the exhibition ’Design of Emotion’ will conduct collaborative and interactive research through visitor participation and a series of conversations.