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Robot Edward Snowden Was on Stage at TED

March 19, 2014 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Lily Hay Newman / Slate

It's one thing to Hangout with Ed Snowden at SXSW, but TED 2014 gave him physical form. He still wasn't really there, of course, but he was controlling a BEAM telepresence robot�from his undisclosed location in Russia. He navigated to his spot on stage and looked out at the audience.

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The Snowden-bot talked with Chris Anderson�about what it means to be a whistle-blower, where the conversation about NSA surveillance and Internet freedom should be going, and what was really revealed in documents about initiatives like PRISM. If the speaking engagements keep coming, it's only a matter of time before hologram Snowden speaks at a graduation.

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