Kacie Kinzer Wants To See If Humans Will Help The Tweenbots

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Designer Kacie Kinzer asks the question, would total strangers help a little robot?

I wondered: could a human-like object traverse sidewalks and streets along with us, and in so doing, create a narrative about our relationship to space and our willingness to interact with what we find in it? More importantly, how could our actions be seen within a larger context of human connection that emerges from the complexity of the city itself? To answer these questions, I built robots.

The Tweenbots only go in a straight line, their only hope of reaching their destination is a help flag asking anyone to point them in the right direction.

The results?

Mission 1: Get from the Northwest to the Southwest Corner of Washington Square Park [in NY]
Time: 42 minutes
Number of people who intervened: 29

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