in collaboration with : Kirill Ryadchenko, Thomas Legleu, Diego Wu-Law, Chuck Diep _ 2014 Fall
The conventional notion of the agent and the environment in computer science is undermined which cant be approximated by the flexible surface of the environment but should be understood as controlled agents acting on it. In this project the experiments were conduced in robot lab other wax block treated bu heat-gun guided by different scripts.
The scripts are already represent and agency as they read the wax block via Kinect and take action based on the reading. In the given experiment the wax was treated by two different scripts each of which exhibit a certain automation and decision making by its agency. As the result the product of the tree agents is the sum of material agency of the wax, two deterministic scripts and the certain agency of the process. The project aimed at designing an autonomous robotic agent that interacts with the medium (block of was).
The behavior logic is loaded into a robot that reads the medium/ environment 3D scanning it with Microsoft Kinect and takes a decision on how to interact with it. The robot is equipped with a heat-gun that it applies depending on the reading it takes from the wax conditions. And then applies one of the three programmed behaviors. So that the outcome is a resultant of a robotic agency and the material behavior. Material agency is the undetermined component that adds complexity of the real world to the digital design.