Mind Ex Machina Projects at SmartGeometry 2018

JUNE 27, 2018

Last month, Jose Luis García del Castillo y López (@garciadelcast) and myself (@nonoesp) had the opportunity to lead the Mind Ex Machina cluster at SmartGeometry1 2018. (Watch on YouTube.)

This talk summarizes the projects that came out of our workshop, which intended to explore the possibilities of robot-human-ai interactions with the use of machine learning libraries and the Machina2 robotic control framework.

The SmartGeometry workshops and conferences were hosted in May 7–12, 2018, at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at University of Toronto, Canada. The Mind Ex Machina cluster worked most of the time at the Autodesk Toronto Technology Office, located in the MaRS Discovery District.

I'm extremely thankful to Marc Webb for the following video, which provides a bit more insight on the things we worked on. (Watch on Vimeo.)

Shout-out to the impressive work of other clusters such as Fresh Eyes and Data Mining the City. See all of the videos here.

I think the whole group had a blast working on these projects—thanks! You can find notes and source code of the projects on GitHub (especially, in this repository).


  1. SmartGeometry is a bi-annual workshop and conference, this year entitled sg2018: Machine Minds, at the University of Toronto, Canada, from 7th-12th May 2018. The sg2018 workshop and conference is a gathering of the global community of innovators and pioneers in the fields of architecture, design and engineering. ↩︎

  2. Machina is an open-source project for action-based real-time control of mechanical actuators or, in more human terms, it allows you to talk to a robot and tell it what to do. Machina is developed and maintained by Jose Luis García del Castillo y López. ↩︎

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