Forbidden  Planet

Real Art Ways Hartford, CT


Timothy Gifford

Scientist in Resdence, Connecticut Science Center; CEO, Movia Robotics; Director, CHIP Advanced Interactive Technology Center, University of Connecticut; Researcher at CESPA

Forbidden Planet— The Field of Robotics

Tim Gifford discussed the field of robotics and a robot that he invented to interact with children who are on the autism spectrum.

Real Art Ways Hartford, CT

Film Synopsis

A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has.

In this sci-fi classic, loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest, a spacecraft travels to the distant planet Altair IV to discover the fate of a group of scientists sent there decades earlier. When Commander John J. Adams (Leslie Nielsen) and his crew arrive, they discover only two people: Dr. Morbius (Walter Pidgeon) and his daughter, Altaira (Anne Francis), who was born on the remote planet. The two have created an Eden-like world that is guarded by their obedient robot, Robby. Gradually, Adams uncovers the mystery of what happened on Altair IV, and why Morbius and Altaira are the sole survivors.

About the Speaker

Tim Gifford is the CTO of Movia Robotics LLC, director of the CHIP Advanced Interactive Technology Center at UConn, and a Scientist in Residence at the CT Science Center. He is working with robots that interact with children who are on the autism spectrum.