Social experimenting with cardboard robots

Tweenbots are human-dependent robots that navigate the city with the help of pedestrians they encounter. Rolling at a constant speed, in a straight line, Tweenbots have a destination displayed on a flag, and rely on people they meet to read this flag and aim them in the right direction to reach their goal. It’s a beautiful social experiment designed by Kacie Kinzer, a student at Tisch School of Arts in New York. I find it fascinating as it creates a narrative about our relationship to space and our willingness to interact with what we find in it. The world needs more social experimentation like this. And best of all, none of the robots were lost or damaged. They totally reached their goal (evident in the map below). Just awesome. Peep here for future robot missions and thanks to FormFiftyFive for the great find.

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