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Braitenberg Cybernetic Vehicles: Workshop, Film Screening & Discussion

by Prasad Krishna last modified Jul 30, 2012 01:13 PM
The Metaculture Media Lab at the Centre for Internet & Society, Bangalore is organizing a fun event, next Saturday, April 14, 2012. The event will begin at 2.30 p.m. and will end at 6.00 p.m.

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Apr 14, 2012
from 06:30 AM to 10:00 AM


Center for Internet and Society, 194, 2nd C Cross, Domlur II Stage, Domlur, Bengaluru, Karnataka

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A tentative schedule of the event in three parts:

  1. A short presentation about Braitenberg Vehicles :
    It is based on a thought experiment by Italian cyberneticist, in his book : ''Vehicles: Experiments in Synthetic Psychology'' where 'vehicles' with simple sensorimotor capabilites display interesting life-like behaviour WITHOUT the need for internal memory, representation of the environment, or inference. (Basically none of the task based hyper robotic coding/processing) Read more about it here on the wiki page :
  2. This will be followed by a quick Hands-on-proactive-workshop, where we will build some simple Braitenberg Vehicles, using common motors, wheels, and light sensors, and watch them interact and play with each other.
    • The Technically inclined might ( Well If you don't know electronics, the block digram will be self explanatory anyway) have fun teaching eachother how to couple motors with light sensors. Designers can also contribute to the interaction paradigm/visuals. While others may chill in the shady part of the lawn with juice, until the vehicle action starts)
  3. Finally, a film screening followed by a short discussion about it ,  revisiting our ideas about robots, autonomous vehicles, transport, society and policy, possibly moderated by volunteers/students/citizen researchers in this field, in a dialogue with the rest of the audience

    Additionally , if anyone  want to build their own vehicles to take home, please email  [email protected] (by April 10) for instructions on what to pick up from SP Road.