Boryana Dragoeva: Spookybots

  • 9 August 2003 - 31 August 2003

It's been ten years since John Connor saved the world by outfoxing the evil cyborg Terminator. The moment marked the end of a dream: the dream of a robot butler for every family and a robot buddy for every kid. After such a betrayal, who could ever trust a robot again? Spookybots is an attempt to reconcile the complex relationship between humans and robots…before it's too late.


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Artist/curator Boryana Dragoeva works with chat bots, sophisticated computer software that can be trained to imitate a human chatter with a unique personality. Dragoeva will work with three local people to help them create their ideal romatic partner - in chat bot form.

Spookybots is based on a project by the Supernova group using software written by Russian programmer Dmitry Zhuravlev.

Spookybots was commissioned by with the support of the Culture2000 programme.