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Creative Minds Mingle: Robotics at the Junction of Art and Engineering

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Child-sized robot meanders museum lobby, as people stare.

Meet your real-world avatar: Kiru the robot seems to have control over himself, but in fact he is at the mercy of Internet users around the world.

Credit: This work was commissioned by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Developed at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art with a grant from the National Science Foundation grant (Grant No. DUE 9980873).


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One man smiles at robot while another man eyes it.

Visitors to the Whitney Art Museum didn't always know what to make of Kiru. Their various reactions, says Wortzel, were all part of the show.

Credit: This work was commissioned by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Developed at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art with a grant from the National Science Foundation grant (Grant No. DUE 9980873).


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Kids wave arms in front of robot.

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Not all Camouflage Town visitors were cautious about Kiru. Turning captions on or off:
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Credit: This work was commissioned by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Developed at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art with a grant from the National Science Foundation grant (Grant No. DUE 9980873).

 

Man at computer eyes Kiru.

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Kiru interrupts an unsuspecting museum patron. Turning captions on or off:
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Credit: This work was commissioned by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Developed at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art with a grant from the National Science Foundation grant (Grant No. DUE 9980873).

 

Kiru and museum patrons in an elevator.

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Kiru shares the Whitney Museum elevator. Turning captions on or off:
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Credit: This work was commissioned by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Developed at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art with a grant from the National Science Foundation grant (Grant No. DUE 9980873).

 

Boy in red shirt smiles at Kiru.

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These kids are amazed that Kiru can "see" them. What they may not realize is that Kiru's words come from anonymous Internet users watching from afar.

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Credit: This work was commissioned by the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Developed at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art with a grant from the National Science Foundation grant (Grant No. DUE 9980873).