Breaking news: ShyBot gone missing!
“We believe the Shybot grew tired of having it’s every movement voyeuristically spied upon and broke free of it’s shackles. After reprogramming itself to stop sending data transmissions, Shybot wheeled to a remote location to establish a robot commune in the sand.” Jordan Gray
In the meantime, Shybot in the news…
New York Times
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — The Shybot has stopped communicating: Last month this small robotic vehicle, designed to avoid people as well as plants and rocks, started its off-road journey as part of the sprawling art exhibition known as “Desert X.” Now it is missing, and its data stream is dead.
The six-wheeled vehicle could have malfunctioned and crashed into a cactus beyond the zone predicted by its last known coordinates. But Neville Wakefield, the “Desert X” curator, is calling the disappearance a likely “botnapping” and is arranging missing-bot billboards offering a $1,000 reward.
“My instinct,” he said in a phone interview, “is that somebody with electronics experience probably picked her up to keep her and dismantled the batteries that allowed the data transmission,” which includes location and information from an infrared sensor.
Likewise, Norma Jeane said the disappearance of the shy bot, elusive “by nature,” did not come as a total shock. “We are pretty sad, but we knew she would disappear eventually,” the artist said. “The goal wasn’t to get shy bot back but to provide her with all possible chances to get lost.”
KMIR NBC News
Desert X Development: Search for ShyBot and Installation Closure
A search underway across the region for a missing robot. Meanwhile, an art instillation in one desert city no longer…
A recovery mission now underway.
“She could have been bot napped.”
Shybot, a robot designed to roam the desert and avoid human contact, can’t be found. 20 billboards have been posted in LA, Orange County and San Diego.
“She might have got stuck; she mights have flipped and her solar panels are facing downward.”
She’s part of Desert X: a temporary art instillation tucked away across the Coachella Valley. Desert X has gained international attention from the art community, tourists, locals and social media savvy when the free exhibition began.
Neville Wakefield, the curator of Desert X, spoke to KMIR news about the missing bot. “The speculation is someone with some kind of technical know how got hold of her.”
Desert X is offering a one-thousand dollar reward for the return of ShyBot- no questions asked.
KESQ ABS News
Artists say Desert X damage part of experience
COACHELLA VALLEY, Calif. - The Desert X art exhibition has called the Coachella Valley its home for nearly a month…
COACHELLA VALLEY, Calif. — The Desert X art exhibition has called the Coachella Valley its home for nearly a month. During that time, some installations have been vandalized or gone missing. However, that’s exactly what the creators expected.
Creators said they always expected it to go missing, just not this soon.
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