I, Awake's mission is to fulfill Larry Harvey's vision to create transcendent cultural experiences by sharing an interactive Robot Man with the playa. The Robot Man will stand as both a tribute and a celebration of the merger of art, science, culture, and technology that are at the heart of Burning Man..
What are we building?
In honor of the I, Robot theme and with Larry Harvey’s vision guiding us, the I, Awake team is manifesting an intelligent robot that will transcend the traditionally static role of an installation and become a participant itself.
The robot will interact with participants as much as they interact with it. Through gesture, emotion and movement, communication between the robot and its human counterparts will be enabled.
We are building a compassionate AI to explore our humanity.
The massive humanoid will become a permanent, collaborative fixture on the playa, bridging the present and the future and creating a cultural focal point for guiding the conversation around artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction and humanity’s relationship with our technology. We believe this bridge to be everlasting.
Why are we building it?
As we move forward into a time of ever more complex and intelligent technology, there is a dire need to take a hard look at how our technology serves us and impacts us socially, culturally, and philosophically.
We want to promote and empower a positive and compassionate relationship between man and machine.
By creating and sharing this message, we will mobilize a new generation of thinkers, makers, and artists that will use technology as an artistic medium.