Andrew McGregor is one of over 100 Makers joining us at DTLA Mini Maker Faire 2018 this Saturday, December 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Los Angeles Central Library. Andrew was kind enough to answer some questions about himself, his project, his involvement with the Maker Movement, and what he is looking forward to at this year’s Faire.
Being a maker means cultivating the ability to physically dream new creations that create new dreams.
I wrote and directed a sci-fi film, a love story between a rat and a robot that guide humans out of a land mine field, and wanted to make the robot in my movie a reality. I then started mixing microcontrollers with puppetry and went from there!
Mixing Maker resources with public libraries is a fantastic way to enhance and revitalize their institutional role in the digital age while also helping solve some of our society’s pressing educational and cultural challenges.
I hope attendees see or experience something beyond what they thought was previously possible and then have an epiphany that they can understand and contribute to that same incredible thing!
I have a humanitarian and social enterprise background, in addition to being a philosophy major. So, AI and its pragmatic, as well as moral potential, are of natural interest to me. More specifically, I’m working on a research project to make landmine seeking rats bionic by developing wearable communication technology that will, hopefully, in the future, enable the animals to communicate to humans where landmines are. AI is crucially important in enabling the inter-species communication required to achieve this vision.
I am exhibiting technology in which AI-assisted wearable tech designed for guinea pigs determines when the guinea pig is grooming. This is functionally similar to what is required of landmine seeking rats to notify a human when they find a landmine via wearable technology. I hope that it opens people up to the possibilities of contributing to humanitarian purposes and also to the entire fascinating realm of inventing ways to use technology to create new forms of inter-species communication!
I was featured as one of “America’s Top Makers” in a digital series that had a wide reach and I received lots of positive responses from that.
I am curating the Robot: Love art show in which robots with artistic designs are placed with conventional art inspired by robots. The show opens December 8th at The Hive Gallery in Downtown LA. Currently, I am collaborating on a performance piece in which the choreographer Dana Wilson will dance with robotic furniture. I also just finished a new robot that symbiotically combines plants and robotics that was made with Kuan Ju Wu and inspired by his other work.
I think the most important attribute is a vast curiosity coupled with an unreasonable faith that all dreams can be forged in reality.
DTLA Mini Maker Faire 2018 takes place this Saturday, December 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Central Library in Downtown Los Angeles. This event is free, open to the public, and fun for everyone! Please register for your free tickets on our Eventbrite page. Check out the schedule of talks, performances, and workshops to help plan your day at the Faire.
Please note that space is limited for all ticketed workshops. Tickets will be assigned on a first come, first served basis at check in.