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Documentary Filmed Entirely By Robots [Video]

Tribeca Film Festival flick asks deep personal questions from automated directors.

Ross Brooks
Ross Brooks on April 23, 2013. @greenidealism

The Tribeca Film Festival’s recent Storscapes installation has been an exciting display of different interactive storytelling methods, including a powerful documentary which helped to shed light on the life of an insomniac. Now, there is another great documentary – but this time it’s filmed by entirely by a crew of curious robots.

You can borrow one of these tiny robots from the festival for a period of two hours. Once you turn it on, the robot starts to interrogate you in the voice of a child with questions such as: “What would you do if there were no laws?” and “Who do you love the most?” The answers you give are stored on an SD card inside the robot.

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Based on the “Eliza Effect,” a theory that suggests humans are more prone to respond to an anthropomorphised machine than they are a human interrogator, especially if the questions are blunt and/or deeply personal.

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Here’s a video of the little guys in action:

The robots were created by BlabDroid who have launched a Kickstarter project to bring the robots into mass production.

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