Carla Diana Digs Down to the Future

In last Sunday’s New York Times, Carla Diana, a product designer, explored the future as she sees it and talked about Simon the robot, whose shell she designed.

Simon is a humanoid robot being developed at the Georgia Institute of Technology for the purposes of exploring intuitive ways for people and machines to live and work alongside one another. I had designed the robot’s shell—its outward appearance—so I knew exactly what to expect, but interacting with it as a programmed and somewhat sentient creature surprised me in ways I hadn’t expected.

She also narrated, and Katie Turner illustrated, this down-to-earth video on the future of everyday life. I, for one, can’t wait.

Simon (Photo: Daniel Borris for The New York Times)

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