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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 pornhub porno 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