A New Purpose for Robots


“Robots with “Soul”” is a TED talk given by Guy Hoffman in which he questions current human interaction with robots, while sharing insight that he found in the world of acting and animation.

Between 15:17 and 15:38 Hoffman progresses from a revelation to a final product that would sum up the entirety of his presentation.

During the entire sixteen minutes Hoffman uses images and videos to convey information and maintain an engaging atmosphere. However, in this segment he deliberately projects an empty black slide that would not distract viewers in order to highlight his verbal speech as much as possible. To further attract his audience he includes a couple humorous remarks that keep the mood light and bring more attention to his speech. Through gesturing with his arms and hands he enhances the humor of his statements. For example, when Hoffman initially remarks that people “liked that the robot was enjoying the music” he raises his arms in plain disbelief to emphasize the unexpected discovery, hence adding to the humor of the comment.

As he begins to describe his idea of applying what he had learned in a final robot, the black screen begins to seem like a curtain hiding something important. This serves to create a sense of anticipation throughout the audience.

To satisfy this anticipation Hoffman finally displays his final product in the form of an animation. As opposed to a still image, the animation allows him to project multiple things to the audience at once in a non-verbal fashion such as the physical appearance, the purpose, and the graceful dynamics of the robot.

Hoffman controls his audience by presenting information in a series of steps. He uses subtle verbal and nonverbal techniques to progress his ideas in such a way that shifts the entire focus of the audience between him and his displays.



3 thoughts on “A New Purpose for Robots”

  1. Mr Kuzhali,Very good post. My Real life experience was of fatsatnic friendship and normal enjoyment with my buddies spanning different caste/creed/sect and religion. I jumped to this web site and Tamil Blog, when my friend sent the link recently. But unfortunately, I found so much of hate filled language going on, which was totally against my real life experience. Problems are there in society. But how can we keep thinking on the negatives and the past of the country and expressing them in harshest manner in this blog? I definitely feel Tamilnadu has changed tremendously for GOOD as society. Having travelled to other parts of the country and seen the hate that is prevailing there amongst different caste/religion, I am happy to be born in TN. I definitely expected good discussion amongst our people. Hate filled blogs are too heavy for my feelings. In my opinion, problems can be presented without any hate words. In this context I fully appreciate your post. I will try to type my blog in Tamil very soon.

  2. Bei den Pfanne würde ich doch ganz stark zu den leckeren Poffertjes tendieren – auch wenn ich keine holländische Oma habe… Alternativ kann man auch noch Quarkbällchen darin ausbacken… Ich kann es fast schon riechen… Lecker!!!Bin dann morgen so gegen halb vier da, um die ersten Exemplare zu probieren. ;-)Liebste GrüsseKim

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