THE FIRST FULL-SCALE GALLERY THAT DEALS WITH THE POINT THAT ROBOT SCIENCE HAS REACHED TODAY WITH ALL ITS ASPECTS WILL BE AT THE VITRA DESIGN MUSEUM. THE EXHIBIT IS PROVIDING US HINTS ABOUT THE FUTURE.
The “Hello, Robot” exhibit which takes a closer look at the short past, present and future of the robot and robot science, brings the moral, social and political issues that this technology has brought to the table through 200 pieces from industrial robots to toys, from artificial intelligence software to movie screening robots.
At an age where boundaries between the human and machine become more and more vague, the exhibit approaches humans as “the creator” and the machine as “the created” through four stages. The first stage examines the interest that people have in the idea of “artificial humans” and how the popular culture shapes the “robot” image in our minds. The second part of the exhibit is reserved for the industry and business world which is the first field that the robot science has pioneered in the practical application. Although automation, especially in this field, means “unemployment” for people, the exhibit attempts to approach this concern from different perspectives.
At this stage, a wide range of pieces from the RobotLab group’s first examples of industrial robots that wrote manifestos for assembly lines to the robots which, as a result, questioned the boundaries between human creativity and the works that could be automated. At the third stage, we meet the new technology. This technology welcomes us as an assistant that makes our daily life easier, sometimes as a digital companion and even as a cyber-sex partner. At the fourth stage, the examples which make the boundaries between the human and robot vague are exhibited such as buildings with “learning” ability, “smart” cities and “smart” censors placed inside our bodies.
“UNEMPLOYMENT” FOR PEOPLE
ALTHOUGH AUTOMATION, ESPECIALLY IN THIS FIELD, MEANS “UNEMPLOYMENT” FOR PEOPLE, THE EXHIBIT ATTEMPTS TO APPROACH THIS CONCERN FROM DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES.