A Robot Exploring the World
presented by David Harris Smith — Artist and Assistant Professor at McMaster University
In the early morning hours of August 1 2015, waiting for its next ride on a Philly park bench, hitchBOT was destroyed by unknown assailants. Arms torn from its body, legs broken, gutted of its electronics, it was ultimately discarded in a park, minus its smiley-face-LED head. Around the world, headlines announced the death of a much-loved robot, children and adults shed tears and held rallies, haters hated on Philadelphia, cartoonists and musicians paid tribute, journalists wrote obituaries, and the publicly-minded rallied to support a rebuild. Come out to hear the story of the life and times of hitchBOT.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER DAVID HARRIS SMITH:
Dr. David Harris Smith is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario Canada. David is an artist and researcher in interactive new media. His research interests include new media and digital cultures, interaction design, and the practices and applications of virtual worlds, simulation, mixed reality environments, cultural robotics and AI. He teaches courses in DIY media and cultures of peer production, design, coding, theory and practice of new media arts, and avatar virtual worlds. David is the Director of Research for macGRID Simulation Research Network, an international research network utilizing the Open Simulator platform and SHARCNET High Performance Computing Cyberscience Art.