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GrowBot Documentation & Analysis

3, ديسمبر 2010

Documentation

Organization

  • series of public interactive workshops
  • throwing “technologists” and “growers” together to learn from each other and produce something
  • workshops introduce general function of robotic technology in sensors to public, then ask about problems in maintaining and managing local gardens and ideas on how to solve them with self-guiding robots
  • Basically, open, discussion-based forums are held to come up with ideas to integrate robotic solutions into small, local, organic agricultural practices. These ideas are documented and shared among more of the public to generate even more ideas that will eventually bring these solutions into practice.

Procedures

  • farming
  • Critical Design
  • a series of public and participatory workshops that bring together diverse constituencies to critically think about, discuss and debate, and re-make the near-term future

People

  • Members of the Public Design Workshop
    • Carl DiSalvo – Digital Media Assistant Professor at Georgia Tech; the “head honcho”
    • Thomas Barnwell – Digital Media graduate from Georgia Tech
    • Laura Fries (“Lady Rogue”) – cook, organizer of events, underground “social butterfly,” blogger; Her background remains a mystery.
    • Thomas Lodato – PhD student in Digital Media at Georgia Tech
    • Beth Schechter – Masters student in Digital Media at Georgia Tech; supporter of “do-goodery”
  • farmers

Situations

  • farming
  • a farm
  • a robot factory
  • a man using a computer
  • a booth at a convention

Links

http://www.growbotgarden.com/

Analysis
GrowBot incorporates several negotiations which have recently begun to move towards the forefront of discussions of culture and design. The interaction between digital media and the physical world is emerging as an extremely popular subject for speculation; catastrophic intersections between virtual systems and everyday life are emerging as a common topic in popular culture. GrowBot also addresses interaction across human boundaries, with ‘technologists’ leaving the ivory tower for a rare exchange of ideas with agricultural workers.

ISS & growBot

10, نوفمبر 2010

We selected the International Space Station as a topic due to its complete isolation from the world of high/formal design, the overwhelming focus of its makers on function, and the international nature of its construction. It encompasses negotiations between scientists and public policists, earth and space, and the advancement of technology in general.

It looks like this.

GrowBot was selected for its nature as a community discussion rather than a product, its emphasis on computing and results rather than aesthetics, and for the aggressive angle it maintains towards the construction of a sustainable future.

This video is weirdly made but gets their point across well.


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