The “Imaginary Robots” platform was presented to children and seniors in Buzău, Romania in May 2022. The four physical-attendance events were organised by “George Ciprian” Theatre in partnership with “Vasile Voiculescu” Buzău County Library (25th and 27th of May), The High School for the Visually Impaired Buzău (26th of May), and “B.P. Hasdeu” National College Buzău (28th of May). The sessions lasted between 1 h and 1 h 30 min and were coordinated by Marina Hanganu, artistic director of “Tele-Encounters: Beyond the Human”, assisted by a team of teenage volunteers from Teatrul “George Ciprian” Buzău. The volunteer team was coordinated by PR and journalist Georgiana Vlădoiu. The sessions had a similar structure. First, Marina presented an overview of the project and informed the participants about the study being conducted on the interaction between humans and AI. After being shown how the platform can be navigated, the participants interacted with the bots either on their own or as a group, with Marina as an intermediary. They completed a questionnaire about their experience. At the very end of the session, Marina explained the software behind the platform and talked about the risks of conversation AI algorithms such as GPT-3.
In parallel to the platform presentations, the journalism workshop coordinated by Georgiana Vlădoiu brought together an enthusiastic team of teenagers. The young journalists documented the presentations in news reports, vlogs and interviews which can be found on the project’s YouTube Channel (shortcuts below).