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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Can Robots Inspire Us To Be Better Humans?

Ken Goldberg, an inventor working at the intersection of art, robotics, and social media, at UC Berkeley, teaches and supervises research in Robotics, Automation, and New Media. In his TEDxBerkeley talks he presents projects that have inspired him to become a better human:  Robotics has learned him to question assumptions, when in doubt to improvise, when your path is blocked, pivot and to practice, practice, practice.
On of his first projects was Telegarden, a robotic art installation, that created a physical garden as an environment to stage social interaction and community in virtual space. It was installed in 1995 at the Ars Electronics Center in Linz, Austria and was operated by users from all over the world in almost 9 years.
Another project was the "Tele-Actor" a skilled human with cameras and microphones connected to a wireless digital network. Live video and audio was broadcasted to participants via the Internet or interactive television. Participants not only viewed, but interacted with each other and with the Tele-Actor by voting on what to do next. The "Spatial Dynamic Voting" (SDV) interface incorporated group dynamics into a variety of online experiences. Check out his talk below.

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