It was only a little more than thirty days ago when all the media hype and the whole shebang of press statements abound , with much ado about the so-called Zabosu Project which launched an Internet-based worldwide campaign crowdsourcing funds for some $100,000 at least --- to kickstart the launch of having "remote-controlled humans" via 4G technology.
When it was cancelled the first time early this year, Lautman said that (the organizers) " had a choice between participating and trying to leverage sufficient PR from it to support our Kickstarter, or passing on it in order to devote an appropriate amount of time to a formal PR campaign ... When it became obvious that the pitch-off would not offer sufficient leverage, Zabosu cancelled its Kickstarter to regroup around a proper PR campaign."
your task for you: whether it be buying a present for a loved one,
attending a conference at the other part of the world, or doing
some supermarket buying chores.
Truth is , there are no "remote-controlled humans" per se in this project, no androids, no cyborgs, no computer-to-brain interface "dictating" the subordinate on what to do, no Stepford Wife fembots, no telepresence avatars. The said phrase could possibly be Lautman's idea to spice up the hype for some "controversial flavor", catching the attention of the tech intelligentsia community.
Simplified: It's more like Skype-to-Skype between boss (the so-called "zab") and the subordinate (the so-called "zuk") , and the "zab" giving directions from the office/home, while the "zuk" is out on field doing the task for the "boss" --- all these with a tweak customized for the Zabosu project.
The Zabosu marketing blitz transcended what was thought of as a creepy idea on having "remote-controlled humans": what with its come-hither allure for the easy-to-impress EveryMan . Hear this:
Zabosu Actor Page
Karl Lautman, the main man at the helm of this project,
more popular with his background as a sculptor-visual
artist whose works have received some recognition,
could be just gathering his seond wind, or probably
"third wind" the next time he dishes out his ideas for the
public to ogle on.
may say that he is entitled to these conundrums of
eclectic trends of thought and sudden outbursts of
unorthodox perspectives. But he remains unperturbed
and may be hurling out more unconventional ideas
for the public -- and the subsequent superlatives
coming from all fronts as usual, may be an ordinary
occurrence for Lautman.
complacency among those who use it regularly
(i.e. virtually everyone in the developed world).
While most would agree that we should not place too
much faith in machines, in reality we can't help taking
for granted that the light will go on when we flip the switch,
the car will start when we turn the key, the plane won't
fall from the sky, .... Yet the capacity of machines
to misbehave is endless. In fact, it's their nature."
expect, a machine to do, and what the machine "wants" to do.
I call it "machine tension," or just "McTension."
I explore McTension in my work by making things that behave
unexpectedly, though not strictly randomly. While the behavior
may be easier to infer for some of my machines than for others,
they all tend to have an unpredictable (or, at least,
difficult-to-predict) element to them."
counters, causing falling dominoes to stand themselves up
again, or generating organized sequences of clicks on
a relay (but at random intervals), the effect is simultaneously
familiar and surprising.
Pseudo-randomness isn't difficult to achieve, but also isn't
very interesting, so I strive to make my work entertaining,
sometimes even whimsical, rather than impenetrable."