Saturday, April 20, 2013

"Robots are making a movie about humans, sort of"

From Marginal Revolution:
…the BlabDroids are attempting to make what could be the first documentary ever filmed and directed by robots.

Created by artist and roboticist Alex Reben for his master’s thesis at MIT, the BlabDroids are tiny, adorable robotic cinematographers who will be filming interviews at this week’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York as part of the the film festival’s transmedia Storyscapes program. At least 20 BlabDroids will zip around to attendees–they’re self-propelled via motorized wheels– and ask them often very personal questions like, “Tell me something that you’ve never told a stranger before,”...MORE