Heather Knight

Heather is currently conducting her doctoral research at Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute and running Marilyn Monrobot Labs in NYC, which creates socially intelligent robot performances and sensor-based electronic art.

Her work also includes: robotics and instrumentation at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, interactive installations with Syyn Labs, field applications and sensor design at Aldebaran Robotics, and she is an alumnus from the Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media Lab. She earned her bachelor and masters degrees at MIT in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and has a minor in Mechanical Engineering.

Her installations have been featured at the Smithsonian-Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, LACMA, SIGGRAPH, PopTech and the Fortezza da Basso in Florence, Italy.

Session: Why Prometheus loves Robots (How technology creators might be the next Greek Gods)

Much of Greek mythology explores the control and mischievousness of the Gods trying to reign in or control their human creations. As technology designers and creatives, are humans becoming the next generation of fickle Gods? Prometheus was the half-man, half-god who famously stole fire, in other words, the wisdom of "Techné" and the knowledge of how to create. He paid a harsh price for educating his children, as Zeus punished Prometheus by chaining him to a stone on the top of a mountain where a griffon-vulture tore out his regenerating liver daily. What does it mean for us to make technology that has its own creative powers? As an Electrical Engineer by training and a Roboticist by profession, I will use this talk, drawing examples of my past work, to propose the use of mythological metaphors and storytelling to influence the positive evolution of charismatic technology creation.

This talk takes place at The Varsity Theater. *Bring your Eyeo Festival badge to get in. Doors open at 7:00pm.

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