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The Uncanny Valley Authority

The Uncanny Valley Authority

The Uncanny Valley Authority site, which hosts the Robot Taxonomy Project and provides a portal to the system of Outposts, was seriously damaged in a malware attack. It is being rebuilt on a different platform.

The Robot Taxonomy Database will be back online in March 2013. This database explores the major branches of robots, and attempts to bridge the difference between fictional and non-fictional representations of robots. The projects started in 2007 and continues to provide a framework for considering the human/machine relationship.

The Outposts of Uncanny Valley track and assist objects that have been improperly anthropomorphized. The last manifestation of an outpost was Outpost 19670: The Last Outpost in Uncanny Valley.

The Robot Taxonomy Project

The Robot Taxonomy Project

The Robot Taxonomy Project attempts to reconcile the differences between actual and imagined robotics and how they are represented. It is a project of the Robot Identification Institute, itself a subsidiary of the Uncanny Valley Authority.

The Robot Taxonomy Project debuted at 21 Grand in Oakland California in 2009 with interactive web terminals and chalkboards in the space to encourage additions to the taxonomy, kept as an online database.

The installation featured stylized, detailed CNC carvings of robot types in addition to the chalkboards and terminals.

Elsewhere Public Works Agency

Elsewhere Public Works Agency

As part of a larger alternate reality game, I designed a website that emulated an early ’90’s BBS system. In order to interact with the system, players had to enter arcane commands that were even stranger than what bulletin boards required. I created a “typewriter” effect that emulated the action of a modem dialup.

The Elsewhere Public Works Agency website was active from 2008-2012. The archive is available at: http://web.archive.org/web/20120725234523/http://elsewherepublicworks.com/

The project is now documented by a film that went to the Sundance Festival in 2013.