Madeline Gannon: Robots Are Creatures, Not Things

After fifty years of promises and potential, robots are beginning to leave the lab to live in the wild with us. But how should we coexist with these intelligent, autonomous machines? In this lecture, multidisciplinary designer Madeline Gannon discusses how art and technology are merging to forge new futures for human-robot relations. She shares her work in convincing robots to do things they were never intended to do: from transforming a giant industrial robot into a living, breathing mechanical creature, to taming a horde of autonomous robots to behave more like a pack of animals. By pushing the boundaries of human-robot interaction, her work shows that robots can be not only useful, but meaningful additions to our everyday lives.

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Presented by the Berkeley Center for New Media.