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Tiny robots shoot documentary film

BlabDroids — small, cardboard robots equipped with high-definition cameras — are filming interviews and working on a documentary that examines how humans interact with artificial intelligence.

Robots have a smiling face and are programmed with the voice of a seven-year-old boy

The BlabDroids, small cardboard robots, are being sent out to talk to people. The robots will then analyze the answers, filmmaker Brent Hoff says. (Photo via BlabDroid)

BlabDroids — small, cardboard robots equipped with high-definition cameras — are filming interviews and working on a documentary that examines how humans interact with artificial intelligence.

Filmmaker Brent Hoff says the tiny robots are making the "world's first documentary made by robots."

Hoff and his colleague, Blabdroid creator and roboticist Alexander Reben, are sending them out to interview people and ask them questions about their life.

The tiny robots have a smiling face and are programmed with the voice of a seven-year-old boy, who bartered his services in exchange for his very own Blabdroid, Hoff said in an interview with CBC's As It Happens.

CBC's Helen Mann talks to Hoff about the film project, and lets the robot turn the tables and ask a few questions of its own.