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Cybernetic Loop

A high-tech outdoor urban game about artificial intelligence and cybernetics. The game is part of the Mr. Cube games series.

The worlds most advanced artificial intelligence is placed in a cube. It is said that the cube has the answer to the perfect cybernetic loop. This loop is the foundation for human evolution because it will give birth to generic AI. That is why it must be protected at all cost. The Cyborg Corporation guard their masterpiece with determination. They guard Mr. Cube.

A not-for-profit activist group has secretly planned to steal Mr. Cube and leak the confidential code pattern of the cybernetic loop. They believe that public transparency is the only way to secure a fair use of the cybernetic loop. The Cyborg Corporation fear that the knowledge will fall into the wrong hands.

The Activist Group has received a tip from an unknown source with a schematic on how to understand Mr. Cube. It states that to learn the pattern of the cybernetic loop Mr. Cube has to be brought to different locations following the will of Mr. Cube. But for The Activist Group to succeed this has to be done without being caught by The Cyborg Corporation.

Site preparation: 15 min.
Rule introduction: 15 min.
Game time: 15-45 min.

Real World, Arduino board, Android App, Internet, RFID, Walkie-talkie

Game design: Jakob la Cour
Producer: OBTENTUS

Production design: Jakob la Cour
Arduino programming: David Sjunnesson
Graphic design: Jakob la Cour

Testing: Experi
Production space: Labitat; special thanks to Asbjørn Sloth Tønnesen & David Askirk

Players: 6 – 14
Equipment: The Cube (special item), Smartphone w. GPS + data package, Laptop (w. internet), 8 x Walkie-talkies w. headset
Facilitator: 1
Duration: 45 min. (incl. preparation and introduction)
Site: Complex public place with possibility to hide
Activities: hide & seek, sneaking, running, communication & team-work, tactics & navigation
History: Mr. Cube was designed and tested in Copenhagen, Denmark in June 2010 and has been re-design and named Mr. Cube – The Cybernetic Loop for the Berlin based Playpublik Festival in August 2012.

Press and photos

See interview and report about Mr. Cube from 3:21.

Photo by Merlin Nadj-Torma

Photo by Merlin Nadj-Torma

Photo by Merlin Nadj-Torma

Photo by Merlin Nadj-Torma

Photo by Merlin Nadj-Torma

Mr. Cube was featured on German TV. See interview and report about Mr. Cube from 8:41.
(Playpublik, Mr. Cube, Berlin, Germany, August 2012)

Mr. Cube code: mr-cube-code.txt


Brain surgery and body fix
(Mr. Cube version 2.0, 2012)

(Mr. Cube version 1.0, 2010)

Image gallery: https://www.flickr.com/photos/97588719@N00/sets/72157633536101219/