Sad & Hairy, originally uploaded by moleitau.
A while back, two years ago in fact – just under a year before we (BERG) announced Little Printer, Matt Webb gave an excellent talk at the Royal Institution in London called “BotWorld: Designing for the new world of domestic A.I”…
This week, all of the Little Printers that are out in the world started to change.
Their hair started to grow (you can trim it if you like) and they started to get a little sad if they weren’t used as often as they’d like…
The world of domesticated, tiny AIs that Matt was talking about two years ago is what BERG is starting to explore, manufacture – and sell in every larger numbers.
I poked at it as well, in my talk building on Matt Webb’s thinking “Gardens & Zoos” about a year ago – suggesting that Little Printer was akin to a pot-plant in it’s behaviour, volition and place in our homes.
Now it is in people’s homes, workplaces, schools – it’s fascinating to see how they relate to it play out everyday.
I’m amazed and proud of the team for a brilliant bit of thinking-through-making-at-scale, which, though it just does very simple things right now, is our platform for playing with the particular corner of the near-future that Matt outlined in his talk.
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