I was fortunate enough to get invited by Niels Hansa, the speaker liaison for TEDx Vienna on March 9, 2016. The conference was held on May 6th, 2016, titled: “The Future of Intimacy”.
I spend some time to come up with the title, topic and synopsis.
How does technology create complicated pleasure causing us to feel both comfort and discomfort and how we manufacture normalcy to mitigate the discomfort.
As human beings, we have a tendency to project our humanity onto objects. I have created a series of functional robots capable of harnessing our mental projections to mimic fundamental social behaviors. I create these objects to investigate and reveal how social intimacy is constructed. Ultimately, I would like to ask: What is intimacy without humanity?
Prepping the talk
Here are some of the rescues that TEDx provides
My main speaker coach was Vlad Gozman, the curator.
At the tech rehearsal I had the opportunity to receive some coaching from Dale Carnegie.
I had my talk revised multiple times, the content went from the technical aspect of my work to my person encounters.
I used the conference room to practice my talk multiple times, and finally I was able to present to few of my friends.
Generate Content as I Go
While i was preparing for the talk, I was in the process of completing my “Friends”
Programing Friend 3 to trace faces,
Putting Friend 3 together.
Testing Friend 3
On my way to Vienna
Meeting all speakers
Checking out the venue
Several practices before the actual talk in my hotel room.
People starting to fill out the seats
Audience Makes The Talk
I realized that it’s the audience that makes the talk. They were engaged and were coming along on my journey of making robotics and discovery.
Audience using my Cardboard Friend
I met two reporters after the talk. I had a great conversation with them.
The final talk