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Eliza Redux

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A Robot Who Talks Too Much

Eliza Redux–by Adrianne Wortzel–is an interactive telerobotic web site providing a space for text-to-speech and oral discourse, acting out, and playfulness in the virtual environment of a psychoanalyst’s waiting room and inner office. Video and audio of a real physical robot is streamed to the web reactive to visitor text input. Issues of control and lack of control become paramount for the user. Wortzel is implementing ways to bring Weizenbaum’s original 1966 ELIZA program into the 21st century.

Wortzel is seeking a computer science professional or student in the New York City area who can lend his/her skills to an internet-broadcast robotic art installation. She is looking for a developer to facilitate communication between clients running flash applications, a server database, and an extremely talkative robot.

Job Requirements:
– SKILLED DEVELOPER in jsp, flash, xml.
– Be able to learn a pre-existing set of commands from the robot control interface.
Ideally, you will also
– Have understanding of database retrieval & modification
– Patiently explain technology needed to execute high-level art ideas
– Be willing to troubleshoot & debug until things work right, everything from web-cams to multiple socket connections.

Job length: Immediate start, completion deadline -end of May.

You will receive at the very least a $500 stipend, and experience/credit in a robotic art installation bound for gallery showing. An article about the project is coming out in the June issue of the prestigious Journal: Leonardo. Plus, you’ll get to work in a tech-decked paradise lab with fun people and an even more fun humanoid robot. Even if you don’t have all the skills outlined above, we’re very interested in hearing from people who are enthusiastic & quick at learning. To apply, contact Prof. Adrianne Wortzel at muse(at)cooper.edu or cell: 646-567-9648


Mar 25, 13:19

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