Crazy. That’s the response Heather Kerrick, Senior Research Engineer at Autodesk’s Robotics Lab, often encountered when she explained how her team was going to have collaborative robots and conference attendees build a pavilion out of raw bamboo and fiber string.

“There’s always this sort of apocalyptic ‘robots are going to take over and humans will have nothing to do,’” says Kerrick. “We wanted to explore the possibility of humans and robots working together to accomplish things that neither species could accomplish alone.”

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