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Humans are social creatures, and throughout history knowledge has been both disseminated and absorbed in a social manner, through not only written artifacts but also by oral tradition. Self-learning social cloud robots have the potential to not only be humanity’s natural social window into digital knowledge, but they also afford an opportunity to collect and catalog new human knowledge in a novel way. Imagine how much uncataloged human knowledge could be saved through a natural human-centered interface which one would have feelings for like a pet: everything you teach your robot would be known by every other robot in the cloud.

Alexander Reben studied human-robot symbiosis at MIT and is an engineer and artist exploring how technology can augment humanity through technology.


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Alex Reben

Alex Reben

Alexander Reben studied human-robot symbiosis at MIT and is an engineer and artist exploring how technology can augment humanity through technology. He is a kinetic engineer and interactive artist who designs robots and novel interfaces to experimentally explore humankind’s evolving relationship with technology. His work has been shown at Ars Electronica, MIT, Axiom, EYEBEAM, The Whitney Biennial, and has been featured in New Scientist, Fast Company, BBC, CBC, Hack a Day, and other news outlets. Following his MIT thesis “Boxie”, he was invited to speak at TED and several universities.
Alexander’s recent interactive installation, “Robots-in-Residence: The World’s First Documentary Shot And Directed Entirely By Robots” premiered at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam’s Doclab, and showcased at the 2013 Tribeca International Film Festival’s Storyscapes Competition.