RoB-ArtS: Robotic Behavioral-Arts System, A Platform for Creative Exploration of Agent Behavior

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  • Smart Interfaces

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  • RoB-ArtS: Robotic Behavioral-Arts System, A Platform for Creative Exploration of Agent Behavior

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  • A new form of illiteracy is emerging, which concerns the relationship between the individual and technology. Even though familiarity with new devices is continuously increasing, the majority of those that are not intimidated by technology are nevertheless passive users. It is critical in our age to strive towards a community of active and constructive users. The discriminating factor is the ability to program a device: here, literacy is the writing of one’s intentions in a form executable by a machine. The primary goal of project RoB-ArtS (Robotic Behavioral-Arts System) is bringing to the general public a gaming platform through which to develop programming literacy. In this respect, RoB-ArtS rightfully classifies as edutainment. Inherent in the process of learning the spirit of programing is a great deal of potential for raw creativity to be expressed. Live-coding is a way to bring programming to the speed at which natural thought processes occur – in real time. It is important to bypass tedious mechanical steps such as compiling the source code and repeatedly running the executable files, so as to leave proper room for intuition, skill and creative instinct.

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