A welding machine has been transformed into a political robot that transmits the real-time views of young people into Parliament. For the next 6 weeks, the Voicebot will transcribe messages submitted via the Voicebox website, putting youth issues into the official political forum. As the Voicebot writes out messages they will be tweeted, incorporated into a tag cloud, and a photo of each message will be uploaded to Flickr and sent to its author. The project, set up by youth charity V, aims to encourage young people to engage with the political process. A study by Pizco found that 67% of 13-18-year-olds said that government policy was biased against their age group and 63% would not vote if the legal age was lowered.
Thanks to Jon Miller for this story. Jon’s finally got a blog and it says really interesting stuff about politics and ethics. Have a peep.