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Robot in Residence Talkaoke with Goethe-Institut Johannesburg

November 16 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Free - registration required

Welcome to the first Talkaoke online in collaboration with Goethe-Institute South Africa! During this session we will bring together artists, coders and AI-curious minds to discuss ideas and findings of Robot in Residence Africa project.

Please note Talkaoke start times across time zones:

4pm-5:30pm UK

5pm-6:30pm Europe

6pm-7:30pm South Africa

7pm-8:30pm Kenya, Uganda

What is Talkaoke?

Talkaoke is an interactive talk-show, where the participants decide on the subjects. Each discussion is a journey from one unexpected subject to another: it can be topical, funny, deep, surreal, and everything in between. The format is simple: the Talkaoke host sits in the middle of a doughnut-shaped table and passes the mic around, inviting contributions and comments from each participant. Talkaoke host stimulates the collective imagination of the participants by expertly linking themes and opposing points of the conversation. In the online version participants join via Zoom and are all invited to feed into the flow of the Talkaoke conversation, peppered with sound effects.

How can I join?

Register your attendence via this link. You will be sent a Zoom link to join ahead of the event.

About Robot in Residence Africa

Robot in Residence South Africa 2023 project involves a NAO robot travelling through African countries as part of a regional project on diversity in artificial intelligences initiated by the Goethe-Institut. The goal is to teach the NAO local cultural skills in the selected host countries.

NAO 6 is now the sixth generation of the interactive humanoid robot NAO, developed by the Japanese French company SoftBank Robotics. It is in use worldwide and serves primarily as a research object for educational institutions. Its 25 degrees of movement make communication with NAO seem particularly natural. The robot has various sensors as well as modules for speech, object and face recognition and speaks several languages. Since 2020 two of these NAO robots have traveled to various Goethe-Instituts, in Europe and Africa. On-site, the robots were supervised and further programmed by coders and artists, taking local issues and circumstances into account.

More about Robot in Residence here.

About The People Speak

We are a group of international artists, cultural producers, science communicators and activists based in East London. We have 25 years’ expertise in helping people to understand each other and collectively process the complexity of the world.

We create fun, interactive participatory formats and interventions in the UK and abroad, where we articulate collective imagination, inform public decision-making and deepen connections between diverse groups of people. We employ multiple media, technologies, instant visualisation, sound effects and online elements in parallel to engage and stimulate diverse minds and push the boundaries of what a collaboration/conversation can be.



November 16
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Free - registration required