Adventure 17 – Hello Robot

This week my sister came by for a visit. We went to the Hello Robot exhibition at the Vitra museum in Weil am Rhein. It’s a great collection of robots and modern automated gadgets and poses the question of what robots mean for the future of humanity.

This here is the robot that will annihilate us humans if it ever gets AI.

This is the BlabDroid, an innocent cute robot that goes around asking personal questions and films people’s answers. It successfully demonstrates how willing we are to open up to a cute machine about things we’d seldom share even with friends. This baseless trust we display is telling. I can see this leading to the evaporation of privacy because it’s only things watching us not people. Is that a good thing?

And here’s a selfie from under the Elytra Filament Pavilion. It’s a robot assembled Pavilion that is only a start at what is to come of intelligent robot assembled architecture and design.

And remember: friends don’t unfriend friends. On that note, when did friend become a verb? And why does friend becoming a verb coincide with it losing so much of its meaning?

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