Kacie Kinzer, Interactive Telecommunications Program, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, 2009 As you enter the lobby of Talk To Me and make your way around the exhibition, you encounter various Tweenbots pottering around, possibly in need of picking up or redirecting.
This is the way New Yorkers first met them, out in the open in Washington Square Park, where the interaction designer Kacie Kinzer set the first Tweenbot, Sam, free to make his own adventure.The resulting (secretly recorded) film was a lovely picture of New Yorkers puzzled, charmed and concerned by, and for, the little cardboard robot, helping him on his way when he fell over or seemed to get lost. The Tweenbots depended on the kindness of strangers, making them a fascinating exploration into artificial intelligence, artificial empathy and robotics.
Kinzer expected that Sam would be crushed, lost or thrown away, but the New Yorkers outdid themselves in kindness and robot aid, making sure he always arrived safely at his destination.
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