Earlier this month, a European documentary film crew spent a few days on campus, notably in the Washburn lab that has served as the Atlas robot workshop, working on a documentary that will explore various aspects of human ability now being studied and developed in robots.
Max Aguilera-Hellweg, an award-winning photographer and filmmaker, is producing a documentary for European public access channel ARTE TV (Association Relative à la Télévision Européenne).
“We’re photographing and filming Atlas, who to us is the Holy Grail of humanoids,” Aguilera-Hellweg said between video takes. “It’s a documentary film for a French-German cable network about androids and humanoids that revolves around the question ‘What does it mean to be human?’
“I’m a photographer and filmmaker, and also an MD. I’ve been photographing surgery, and I am the author of a book of anatomical photographs, more of an art book than a medical book. And it has this same essential question: What doe s it mean to be human?”
The film is financed by, and scheduled to be aired on ARTE, a French/German 24-hour HDTV public access network. ARTE will broadcast the documentary in France and Germany and across Europe to their partner channels in the spring of 2015.