Robots are making a movie about humans, sort of

by on April 20, 2013 at 9:56 am in Film | Permalink

…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,” “What’s the worst thing you’ve done to someone,” and “Who do you love most in the world?”

Each droid carries a digital camera, a speaker that asks a series of pre-programmed questions to ask whomever it encounters and a button to be pushed to prompt new queries.

For the pointer I thank Michelle Dawson.

1 Anonymous coward April 20, 2013 at 10:38 am

If this is a robot, then I’m a professor of economics.
undersigned: Paramecium caudatum

2 Bill April 20, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Oh, sorry, I thought the post said “Robots making Love” and I was going to comment.


3 Julian April 20, 2013 at 9:39 pm

I predict this is going to be comedy gold

4 relocation moving company April 29, 2013 at 1:50 pm

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