A CHILD'S VIEW OF THE HUMAN-ROBOT INTERFACE
An eccentric scientist/teacher teaches children about life, the universe, everything from dinosaurs to molecules to gravity, to dreams. His radically designed classroom can go anywhere, to any time, in any dimension to examine the particular focus of a given lesson.
He creates a robot to be his teaching aid. His students being young children, the robot resembles a child so as to make his lessons more accessible. However, intended to look like a boy, the scientist/teacher hadn’t intended he robot to become a boy or behave exactly like a living, feeling being.
Able to transform into various vehicles or machines — from a bulldozer to a space jet or submarine, the boy robot always transforms back into his boy form as soon as he returns to the classroom.
The robot recognizes in himself, both in relation to the children, but also as a disconnect from them — his autism. And the robot begins to try to become more human, lessons he must learn from probing the autism spectrum.