Thursday, March 29, 2012

Robot Journalist

Just came back from Ignite Boston 9, which is put on by O'Reilly, the Tech Publishing Company. One of the coolest presentations was on Boxie, the Story Gathering Robot:

Imagine a cardboard version of Pixar's Wall-e character, but with added ├╝ber-cute human voice, and you've got a fair picture of Boxie, Alexander Reben's documentary-video-making robot.

Here is another video:

We sent this robot out to autonomously gather human narrative about its environment. The robot had a specific story capture goal and leveraged humans to attain that goal.