Tweenbot Proves People Care – Heartwarming Fuzziness For Easter
The smiley faced cardboard-bodied happy-go-lucky bot has a flag stating its intended destination but the cute lil’ fella can only move forward so it relies on the kindness of strangers to guide it and help it out of tricky situations.
Tisch School of the Arts student Kacie Kinzer created the tweenbot as a kind of art experiment. She says:
I wondered: could a human-like object traverse sidewalks and streets along with us, and in so doing, create a narrative about our relationship to space and our willingness to interact with what we find in it? More importantly, how could our actions be seen within a larger context of human connection that emerges from the complexity of the city itself? To answer these questions, I built robots.
Now, I’d expect an overtly cute and cardboard robot on the mean streets of York City to last less than a block before being stamped on, kicked, stolen or just tagged by a street artist – but every single one of the cutebots journeys were completed without even a whiff of a mugging.
Pedestrians would stop and help the little robot when he was trapped against a curb or heading into traffic, and carefully point him in the right direction.
How about that my good gadgety faithful? What better story to relay on Easter Sunday?
I don’t know about you but this gives me some more faith in humanity. If the inhabitants of NY can show compassion to a smiling robot all is not lost 🙂
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