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Theo Jansen

Strandbeests: Lessons on Innovation, Patience, and a Sense of Humor

Joyce Maroney | Posted 10.27.2016 | Business
Joyce Maroney

The prospect of filling white space with something wonderful is energizing. But what if I can't make the reality match the vision? I have a new hero who inspires me to embrace both the excitement and the inevitable reality checks that accompany innovation. He is Theo Jansen.

Paris' Palais de Tokyo Assembles a Playful Show Inspired by Duchamp

ARTPHAIRE | Posted 06.14.2015 | Arts

Ever since Marcel Duchamp posed the Dadaist question with his readymades, "Can one make works of art which are not "of art," the boundaries of art have been a flexible, permeable thing. Why are some things considered "art" - and afforded the respect and criticism that comes with that - and others not?

The Strandbeest and the Hongerbeest

Mark Moore | Posted 08.17.2013 | TED Weekends
Mark Moore

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgSince I spend my days at a company that makes products to fight malnutrition, I could not help but notice that Theo Jansen was born just after one of the most noted and awful famines of modern times.

The Roomba Generation

Ann Reynolds | Posted 08.15.2013 | TED Weekends
Ann Reynolds

Theo Jansen thinks a lot, and designs stuff that walks, feels, and learns as it shuffles seashells on the seashell shore.

The Spark Of Imagination

Ed Finn | Posted 08.14.2013 | TED Weekends
Ed Finn

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgHow do you bring things to life? You give them names. Histories. Motives and aspirations. This is the alchemy that drives every story about the act of playing god, turning a thing into a creature. Theo Jansen's strandbeests are beautiful examples of this very old magic.

Complexity, Intelligence, And How To Ignore The Meaning Of Life

Illah Nourbakhsh | Posted 06.14.2013 | TED Weekends
Illah Nourbakhsh

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWhether we enter a robot utopia, a robot smog or somewhere in between, we will close the gap between robotically aware and organically alive. Do we create new life forms, as Jansens suggests of his progeny?

When Sentient Artificial Intelligence Becomes Reality

Foz Meadows | Posted 06.14.2013 | TED Weekends
Foz Meadows

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIf and when sentient AI becomes reality, will it, too, have the capacity to both anthropomorphize and dehumanize other beings in relation to itself? And if it did, would we view it as more or less human depending on which skill it used to refine its opinion of humanity?

What Happens When We Play God

The Huffington Post | Hallie Sekoff | Posted 07.25.2012 | Home

The idea of human beings playing God and creating new life forms is a sci-fi plot we're all familiar with. In these films and stories, more often than...

Strandbeest On The Loose!

Posted 01.25.2012 | Arts

You thought you'd seen it all. And then the Strandbeests come along... What is a Strandbeest you ask? A Strandbeest is a kinetic creature that live...