The BlabDroid: Revolutionizing Documentary Film-Making

[ 0 ] August 5, 2014 |

Technology is always evolving. Just when we think we have seen it all, someone comes up with a new innovative idea that blows our minds all over again. So what do you think of robots directing movies?

WATCH as artists and robotist Alexander Reben shares with genConnect his BlabDroid Boxie and talks about the first documentary directed and shot by robots:

Testing what’s known as the Eliza Effect, the theory that people are more willing to get personal with machines than people, “the BlabDroid is creating the world’s first documentary completely directed and shot by robots,” says Reben, who, along with his partner Brent Hoff have truly created something revolutionary. The way in which the documentaries are shot by the non-humans reveals humanity in new ways.

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00-BlabDroidWhile working on his thesis at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on human robot symbiosis, Reben discovered that people were telling robots very interesting things. He then ran with that concept and created a cute little autonomous robot that has the voice of a sweet young boy that asks insightful questions to see what responses he can get in return.

“We’d like to find applications where we can gather stories from people who have a hard time telling them,” Reben says. One example he gives is war veterans who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). “We find that this robot can help facilitate those types of things.”

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About Alexander Reben: I am an artist and robotisist. My interest is in human-machine relationships including how technology can be a lens with which to study humanity. I have an educational background in robotics, applied math and art. [...]
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