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    • Robots in the Wild – Robotify.me is in public beta

      11th December 12

      Posted by Mel Exon

      Posted in Experiments, robots

      Author: Helen Lawrence, @helenium, BBH & BBH Labs Strategist

      @helenium's robot

      It almost goes without saying that BBH Labs like robots. Of course we like robots. The potential for what robots could do challenges our view of the future. What will they be capable of? Do they free us from the mundane or render us redundant? Is the uncanny valley somewhere we’d like to live?

      At BBH Labs we’re interested in ‘artificial’ intelligence: how it starts, where it can go, what it means for us carbon-based lifeforms. Advances in sentience, emotion and learning within Artificial Intelligence draw on human data; as the internet collects more and more of ourselves the robots are finding it even easier to replicate our squishy selves. Even the little things – predictive text, Google Instant, EdgeRank – make us blink from time to time.

      But, despite the possibility of Skynet becoming self-aware, we decided to have a little play with it.

      BEEEEEP. BEEEEP. Robotify.me is here!

      https://www.robotify.me/

      We’ve talked about it before, but just in case you missed it then the basic idea for Robotify.me is that by plugging in your social data and using it to create a robot you can learn a little more about how you portray yourself online.

      It should uncover if you tend to lurk and not share, if you retweet rather than create, walk miles for a Slurpee or take more photos than a K-Pop fan. Your robot will change and evolve, so keep checking back and see how it’s doing. Don’t worry, it doesn’t need feeding. It’s no tamagotchi and it’s certainly not 1996.

      This is the first iteration of Robotify.me, it’s a simple little service at the moment. It will continue to develop and evolve over the coming months. So there might be a few bugs lurking in there and this early beta version of it certainly is lacking any bells and whistles. We’re already looking into adding some more networks to plug in, as well as seeing what else we can get out of the platforms we’re using at the moment. A more comprehensive ‘Roboguide’ is also in the works.

      One of the reasons for creating Robotify.me is to encourage a bit of self reflection and analysis, and perhaps to see if people form an attachment with their robot. We’d love to know your robot was what your were expecting or if it threw up something a little odd that you might not have known about yourself. We’ve found ourselves taking more photos, retweeting less, checking in more… all to see what our robots do.

      What is the mechanical bird on your shoulder whispering into your ear?

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      Send questions or comments via twitter @robotifyme; or email too - teamrobotify@robotify.me.

      This was an in-house BBH operation. Conceived by Labs, built with the BBH technology team in London, logo and site design by Zag. The beautiful robot illustrations are the handy work of Mick Marston, @futilevignette.

      Particular props go out to:
      Gabor Szalatnyai: @endofu: Creative Technologist
      Marc Owens: @marcowens: Creative
      Matt Bertocchi: @ux_matt: UX
      Kate Sutherland: Producer
      Mel Exon: @melex: Product Owner
      Jeremy Ettinghausen: @jeremyet: Creative Director
      Helen Lawrence: @helenium: Labs Strategist & Copywriter
      Shea Warnes: @sheawarnes: Social Strategist
      Luke Kidney: @creativekidney: Creative Technologist
      Vicki Maggs: @maggsy: Digital Analyst
      Abi Awomosu: @tekogram: Senior Digital Analyst
      Richard Davies: @richardtid: Graphic Designer, Zag
      Steve Wake: @stephenwake: Head Designer, Zag
      Gary Hudson: @garyhudson: Graphic Designer, Zag
      Henry Rowan-Robinson: Commercial Lawyer
      Sarah Pollard: @pollardfaure: Communications Director
      Simon Taylor: Producer
      Isobel Barnes: @isobelbarnes: PR Manager
      Mark Reddy: Head of Art
      Sarah Pascoe: Head of Print
      Pablo Marques: @pablo_marques: Creative Director

      And of course, the Rebel Alliance: James Mitchell: @jamescmitchell

      An honorable mention goes out to Liz Harper: @lizmarieharper: who has kept the Labs ship sailing while we tinkered with cogs and lasers.

      And a massive thankyou to all the wonderful beta testers, whose help, advice and support has been invaluable to date.

      Thanks to Contagious too, for their great write up of Robotify.me