Press Release: Split Brain Robotics.

Harvesting Brain DATA for Robotic

Mayhem and Enlightenment.

An interactive audience participatory performance with two custom-built 16’ tall robots, each identical, each controlled by the left and right side brainwaves of audience participant(s).

Performances: Thursday, April 6-9, 2017. 8:00 P.M.
Sunday April 9 Matinee 1:00 Afternoon time!

The Lab 2948 16th St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
@thelabsf / #thelabsf
The Lab is wheelchair accessible and is located 1/2 block from the 16th and Mission BART.

A hacked and customized EEG reads right side and left side brainwaves to make the two robots move, collaborate, interact, fight and even “kiss”. This live streaming brain data will run the two robots. Volunteers’(you!) thoughts brought to life through robotic actions.
When they do “correctly” interact, symbolic and metaphoric events will happen, activating, lasers, lights, fog, robotic eye views projections, sounds, chaos.

This project has been funded by the San Francisco Arts Commission.
and The Zellerbach Foundation.

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This performance piece is a collaborative project of Kal Spelletich (artist, robot maker), Masahiro Kahata (brainwave control hardware/software), and Mitch Altman (integration hardware and software) and Jonathan Foote, Willi Döring, Silver Kuusik, Robert Langer.

Some of the concepts we are exploring are;
Can we translate human emotions into robot actions?
Can this demonstrate to us a new way to instill consciousness?
Can we create empathy for a robot?
What are robot best at?  What are humans best at?  What about the grey area where these two things are evolving?
Is there a role for hybrid human machine systems?
Can a robot respond to, represent or convey one’s inner desires?
Can enlightenment be achieved through robotic interactions?
Is this the next step in health care and education?

Some Video Here;

~ by kaltek on March 2, 2017.

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