THEO JANSEN

TED WEEKENDS
Since 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.
TED WEEKENDS
How 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.
TED WEEKENDS
If 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?