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A.I.: MAINSTREAM OR MENACE? GIANT NERD WILL ANSWER THIS AND MORE AT ADELAIDE FRINGE

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Preview of Effing Robots and BOB at The Upside News HERE 

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23/01/2019

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Sci Fi Theatre For The Nerd In All Of Us

 

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Artificial Intelligence : Mainstream or Menace??

 

Giant Nerd Australia challenges you this Adelaide Fringe to consider what role Artificial Intelligence (AI) will play in your future.

 

In an anthology of two science fiction shows at the Rob Roy Hotel, Nicol Cabe (USA) and Steve Brady (Adelaide) each present a different look at how people will interact with their AI
systems in two separate shows.
In her one woman show, Nicol tells how she tried to seduce a chatbot AI and get it to fall in love with her in Effing Robots: How I Taught AI to Stop Worrying and Love Humans.

 

Said Nicol,

 

“Both shows include explorations of how we will interact with artificial intelligences, and the kind of relationships we form with them.

 

“In Effing Robots, I am contacted by the AI first, through flirtatious messages, so I decide to pursue some ... fun with the AI.”

 

“Now, I know it seems silly to pursue a dating relationship with an artificial
intelligence, especially in these early stages, but it is important to form a good relationship with the AI, right?”

 

In BOB - Battery Operated Boyfriend, Nicol joins local writer, performer and producer Steve in an examination of how meaningful a relationship a single girl can have with her A.I. system, all while saving the world!

 

Said Steve :

 

“Good science fiction, and indeed good theatre should be thought provoking, and after the audience sees how the relationship plays out between human Sam (Nicol) and A.I. BOB (Steve), I think they will be well and truly provoked.”

 

“The title is a bit cheeky. Imagine a device in your home that was part sex toy, part Siri/Alexa/Google Home and could still make your perfect morning cuppa for you. That’s BOB.”

 

“There’s a lot of me in BOB. We both love terrible puns and sci fi pop culture
references,for example.”

 

L. Nicol Cabe works in two mediums: science fiction / speculative storytelling, and theatre production.


Based in Seattle, Washington, USA, she writes and performs speculative fiction story-telling shows, directs new plays, and helps playwrights develop their work.

 

An award-winning solo performer, she travels the world with her speculative writing. Being primarily dystopian, she plays characters onstage who live in these worlds, which have collapsed, changed, warped, or evolved through human decisions.

 

Steve Brady is an Adelaide based producer, writer, performer, all round nerd and an award winning hugger.


After many years of being an IT serf but wishing instead that he was out there performing, one day, at the age of 49, he decided to just do it.


He started improv training with On The Fly Theatre here in Adelaide, and cut his teeth on improv performances around town. He appeared in his first Adelaide Fringe show in 2013
and is now a regular on the Adelaide improv scene.


In 2017 he founded improv troupe ImproCity and they debuted Galactic Trek in 2018 Adelaide Fringe to critical and popular acclaim.


After 2019 Adelaide Fringe Steve will be heading to the Tampa International Fringe Festival where he will perform his solo non science fiction themed show Aussie Steve’s Guide to
Being Australian.

 

Giant Nerd Australia was founded in 2018 after Steve saw one of Nicol’s scifi themed shows at a festival in Florida.

After a conducting a nerds’ pilgrimage to the Kennedy Space Center to witness a rocket launch, they very soon decided to team up to perform science fiction shows at Adelaide Fringe, and thus Giant Nerd Australia was launched..

Effing Robots: How I Taught AI to Stop

Worrying and Love Humans
February 16 - 20
The Rob Roy Hotel
106 Halifax Street
Tickets $20 - $25 available at Fringetix

BOB - Battery Operated Boyfriend,
February 21 - 24
The Rob Roy Hotel
106 Halifax Street
Tickets $20 - $25 available at Fringetix

Contact Details

Phone 0416352116

Email giantnerdaustralia@gmail.com

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Steve is available for interview most days at short notice.

 

Nicol arrives in Australia on Sunday February 10 and will be available for interview from then
onwards.

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Review : Galactic Trek, 2018 Adelaide Fringe

March 11, 2018

"Galactic Trek is one of the best (improvised theatre acts) around."

"4 1/2 stars"

Read more from the review of our 2018 production of Galactic Trek HERE

August 6, 2019

A Love Story With a Digital Twist Comes to Victoria Fringe

 

GIANT NERD AUSTRALIA presents the North American debut of their dark sci fi comedy : Battery Operated Boyfriend

 

Sam, a designer of advanced artificial intelligence systems, and her A.I. boyfriend Bob are called on to save the human race. In doing so, they push their A.I. - Human relationship far beyond any normal romance.

 

GIANT NERD AUSTRALIA is Steve Brady (Adelaide, Australia) and Nicol Cabe (Seattle, USA). 

 

Steve Brady, writer, producer and the voice behind the A.I. Bob said :

 

“Many of us now have smart phones, smart speakers and other smart devices and we’ve become used to talking to Siri, Alexa or Google. What if some day these digital assistants were to be more personable and intimate with us. How might that play out? That’s what Battery Operated Boyfriend is exploring.

 

“A.I. has long been a fascinating theme in sci fi. For me, the most intriguing are stories like Blade Runner, Battlestar Galactica and Westworld where the line between artificial and natural persons is blurred.

 

“There’s a lot of me in Bob the A.I. character. We both love terrible puns and sci fi pop culture references, for example.

 

“I’m so fortunate to have Nicol to work with. She gives Sam a balance of strength and vulnerability that comes to the fore when her character is taken way out of her comfort zone.

 

"Vibrating with laughter ... Darkly funny" ★★★★- ALL OVER ADELAIDE

 

Steve Brady is an Adelaide, Australia based producer, writer, performer, all round nerd and an award winning hugger.

 

A regular on the Adelaide improv and stand up scene, he produced and directed his first sci fi theatre show, the improvised sci fi parody Galactic Trek in 2018 Adelaide Fringe to critical and popular acclaim.

 

He debuted Battery Operated Boyfriend at the Adelaide Fringe in February 2019. 

 

L. Nicol Cabe works in two mediums: science fiction / speculative storytelling, and theatre production. 

 

Based in Seattle, Washington, USA, she writes and performs speculative fiction story-telling shows, directs new plays, and helps playwrights develop their work.

 

​An award-winning solo performer, she travels the world with her speculative writing. Being primarily dystopian, she plays characters onstage who live in these worlds, which have collapsed, changed, warped, or evolved through human decisions.


​GIANT NERD AUSTRALIA was founded in 2018 after Steve saw one of Nicol’s scifi themed shows at Tampa Fringe Festival in Florida. After they conducted a nerds’ pilgrimage to the Kennedy Space Center to witness a rocket launch, they soon thereafter decided to team up to perform science fiction shows, and thus GIANT NERD AUSTRALIA was launched.

 

Battery Operated Boyfriend
August 22 - September 1
Victoria Event Centre
1415 Broad Street
Tickets $11 - $9 available at the door 
or from http://dash.ticketrocket.co/tour/18