Britta's Letters from (and sometimes about) Berlin

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Man, machines, robots, scammers...



Dear You,
actually I only wanted to buy a book on Dutch, but when I walked along the Friedrichstraße I saw that there was an exhibition "Ars Electronica" in the DRIVE Volkswagen house.
You might know that one of my Moomin Valley mottos is:
"But then, noone can have more fun as he creates himself" (my translation from German, which is in my modest opinion more to the point - in English they translate: "But then, everyone has to make what he can out of life." which of course is true too)  
and I went in, Tot straks! (as the Dutch say, and here you might guess what I am learning now :-)
I stayed over one and a half hour inside that exhibition - so fascinating!
Very diverse topics - all about the idea "What if there would be no clear distinction between man and machine?" 
Here you see the penguins which moved according to your movements in front of them - only the young visitors (and Yours Truly) jumped up and down, and one of my results you see below (that silhouette seems to indicate that I must have added a few pounds in Amsterdam...)


©Brigitta Huegel

Wich I did not! 

©Brigitta Huegel


Tomorrow more from your half-robot (no, I am not sin soleng!) 
Britta 


A PS especially for Joanne: See?!?    :-)





12 comments:

  1. All that cheese has not affected you badly, Britta.

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    1. Thank you, Tom - I lived on oysters!

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    2. Some people die on them, or at least lose a lot of weight in the recovery.

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  2. Participation exhibitions inhibit some, but not you.

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    1. That is true - and being curious and wanting to take part makes life interesting!

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  3. Or, attracted far more penguins than the program allowed. Surprised they remained on the platform.

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    1. Joanne, you are unbeatable!
      PS: They did NOT - I will add a picture above :-)

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  4. I read the other day about some company having to disable their robots. It seems that the robots had developed their own language to make operation easier. The humans could not successfully over-ride the code because the robots would revert to their own language. A little scary to me.

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    1. Dear Emma, those robots can become a bit creepy, can't they? Though those I met - the vacuum cleaner robot - only annoys me a bit, and the other - that strange hyper coffee-machine which did what it liked: I gave it away. So: till now I decide :-)

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    2. I depend on my vacuum cleaner robot too. Not being a coffee drinker I don't worry about coffee makers.

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  5. What a clever and fun artistic installation! I love art that uses technology to interact with observers. Thanks so much for sharing your excellent account of this one.

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    1. Dear Geo., thank you! The penguin installation was only one, yet funny part (and I could not help noticing that one penguin among those many had fallen from his feet - I told the custody - and they put him up again :-)

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