The Cybraphon Needs Friends

Posted 5 Aug 2009 at 20:39 UTC by steve Share This

Pelpina Trip, Internet addict, journalist, and social media lover, writes to tell us about The Cybraphon, a musical robot that spends more time online than you do: I just produced an article/TV segment about The Cybraphon: a music playing robot obsessed with social media -- for The 33 News in Dallas/Fort Worth. I thought it might be interesting. The Cybraphon has been making a lot of news lately as can be seen by a visit to Cybraphon's blog. And this makes the Cybraphon happy, as does each new friend it gets on facebook, each new contact on flickr, and every new follower on Twitter; not to mention YouTube, Myspace, Vimeo. It's just designed that way. When no one is tweeting about it, Cybraphon gets sad and plays depressing music. But when it gets new friends or sees its name mentioned in blogs and tweets, Cybraphon is happy and plays happy music.

Cybraphon is an interactive version of a mechanical band in a box. Consisting of a series of robotic instruments housed in a large display case, Cybraphon behaves like a real band. Image conscious and emotional, the band’s performance is affected by online community opinion as it searches the web for reviews and comments about itself 24 hours a day.

I guess the question we're meant to ask ourselves is, why waste time on Facebook and Twitter when we can build a machine to do it for us?

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