Dan Chen’s Last Moment Robot guides an individual in his or herlast moments, if friends and family aren’t present. (DanChen/pixegde.com) “What is intimacy without humanity?” Artist and designer Dan Chen explores the extremes of this questionwith a robot that guides a person through the last moments of hisor her life in the absence of friends or family. In Chen’s art and concept installation called the Last Moment Hospital , visitors can take part in the Last Moment Hospital that includesa hospital bed and a man dressed as a doctor. The user enters hisor her name into the computer, which then plays an end-of-lifemessage: “Hello [name], I am the last moment robot. Boom Truck Crane
I am here to help youand guide you through your last moment on earth. I am sorry thatyour family and friends can’t be with you right now, but don’t beafraid. I am here to comfort you. You are not alone, you are withme. Your family and friends love you very much, they will rememberyou after you are gone.” The robot displays this message at the time of “death.” (Dan Chen/pixegde.com) The Last Moment Robot includes a monitor that displays the message”End of life: detected” and an arm-like apparatus that caresses theindividual’s arm while in the bed. Breakdown Truck Manufacturer
“The process of dying is probably the most vulnerable moment of ahuman life, where one seeks the assurance of human connection,”says Chen on his website. “In this installation, human presence isreplaced it with a robot, questioning the quality of intimacywithout humanity.” The Last Moment Hospital is part of Chen’s art installation whichincludes several other exhibits and devices, such as a huggingrobot and a purring machine meant to imitate a pet cat. Chen explains these projects in File Save As Intimacy , his master’s thesis for the Rhode Island School of Design’sDepartment of Digital + Media. “The desire to create relationships and environments that make usfeel comfortable, provide a sense of security, and facilitatesensations of belonging is inherent to human nature,” says Chen.”Human to human interaction is critical to mental and physicalhealth, but how about human to machine interaction? Does replacingour most intimate human relationships with machine interactions robour life of its meaning?” Can specially designed robots or programs adequately replacehuman-to-human intimacy? Would you feel comforted with spendingyour last moments with the Last Moment Robot? Share your thoughtsin the comments section below. Can a robot simulate human intimacy? (This survey is not scientific. Side Loader Garbage Truck
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