liz_marcs (liz_marcs) wrote,

The Kindness of Strangers

This Web site makes me smile like a loon, although there's no good reason why it should.

Maybe because I love confirmation that people, as a species, are just plain weird.

Read about the Tweenbots and how the kindness of strangers can carry these inanimate objects through the big, bad New York City:

But of more interest to me was the fact that this ad-hoc crowdsourcing was driven primarily by human empathy for an anthropomorphized object. The journey the Tweenbots take each time they are released in the city becomes a story of people's willingness to engage with a creature that mirrors human characteristics of vulnerability, of being lost, and of having intention without the means of achieving its goal alone. As each encounter with a helpful pedestrian takes the robot one step closer to attaining its destination, the significance of our random discoveries and individual actions accumulates into a story about a vast space made small by an even smaller robot.

There's video and and pictures at the the source
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