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.
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.
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.