HOPE 2020 (2020): "The Wonderful World of Cocktail Robotics" (Download)
Friday, July 31, 2020: 2100. Johannes has been co-organizing the world's leading cocktail-robotics festival, Roboexotica, for two decades. In it, he's seen a lot of inebriating and ingeniously designed machinery. This annual event brings scientists, researchers, computer experts, and artists from all over the world to Austria. They build and present cocktail robots. They also discuss technological innovations and pitfalls, futurology, and the marvels of hands-on science fiction. It's time to dedicate an entire HOPE presentation to the concept and underlying philosophy of this bizarre and boozy endeavor. Roboexotica is all about the flair, the atmosphere, and the personality a robot can have. The contraptions presented can be efficient, but the primary goal is to display unique mechanical charm and character. With thousands of guests each year, there is also an exciting educational opportunity.