Titan the Robot
Titan the robot is the stage name of a robot suit created by Cyberstein Robots Ltd in 2004, operated physically by a human dancer performer. The robot is approximately 2.4 m (7.9 ft) tall and 60 kg (9.4 st) and increases to 350 kg (55 st) including the cart it rides on and onboard equipment. It was designed by Nik Fielding, who runs Cyberstein from Newquay, Cornwall, England. Titan has performed at a variety of public and private events, from the Commonwealth Games and Alton Towers to bar Mitzvahs and shopping centres. Titan the Robot has appeared on Channel 4 and the BBC’s Children in Need.
Who commissioned him to be built?
Some say the Titan the Robot began life in the minds of a government quango back in the 90′s under the last Tory government. Their remit was to study human emotions and reactions in a variety of ways and to develop techniques of gaining and storing information for future generations.
They came up with the idea of using a robot to collect the data because as it could not show any emotions and so not affect the results of the experiment. But once the Labour party came into power in 1997 all funding was stopped and the project scrapped, well at least that is what we were lead to believe. Recently released documents show that government officials received a large so called ‘Hand out’ from a private sector and told to proceed with the experiment. Titan the Robot was then completed in 2004 and has now been collecting this information for some years now but there are still a lot of unanswered questions.
Titan the Robot
Why is this information being collected?
Some top insiders (who want to remain nameless) think that there are other motives. One being that this is the beginning of introducing Robots slowly into our society and the information being collected is for the robots to know how to react to human emotions. As Titan was developed it soon became apparent that he was very entertaining and that the public loved his funny antics. No one is sure if Titan the Robot is still under the control of the government and if so to what extent their power still extends.
In order to have varied results across the board to the emotions recorded by Titan, every dialogue, song or punch line used is completely random, even the character voices used come from limitless bank of well know stars making Titan the Robot is the first robot impressionist on the planet. You could find Titan singing, laughing, telling jokes, recounting historical speeches, doing the weather forecast or even chatting up your girl friend. Above all his prime directive seems to be collecting the emotion of laughter and making people happy. Much to the relief of a lot of government officials.
Technology behind Titan
Titan himself is powered by the latest LiFePO4 (Lithium Ferrous Phosphate) batteries and can operate for up to eight hours on one charge. When back in the Cyberstein workshop Titan is continuously plugged into the Internet, where his vast solid-state memory both records and deposits information. (It is believed Titan has the biggest solid-state memory bank in the world). Many of the systems within Titan are the pinnacle of world development in their field.
If you see Titan you will also see his ‘Demonstrator’ as he is always close at hand. He is a very mysterious character about whom very little is known, apart from he is apparently called Dave. He seldom speaks, never smiles and keeps his emotions hidden behind his mirrored shades. It seems a strange contradiction that Titan has been sent out to study human emotion has a companion that has no emotion! There are many ‘stories’ surrounding The Demonstrator and some people often heard say things like “Someone told me he was thrown out of the SAS for eating live rats”. That is Titan the Robot very mysterious character about whom little is known.