This category maps how robots for last days are represented in different forms of art, and how art produces our imaginaries of robots and robotics.

technology critique   science fiction   philosophy   art   telepresence   cultural politics   robots   destruction   drones   digital afterlife   death   dementia   elder care   erotic   human-machine interactions   posthumanism   robot caregivers   killer robots   artificial intelligence   drone warfare   performativity   domestication   dealth

After the Blast

After the Blast, starring Cristin Milioti, is a science fiction play whose eight characters include a robot. The premise is that the surface of the earth has been laid waste by a nuclear exchange, the consequences of which forced survivors to seek shelter underground. The male survivors devote themselves to fixing the environment while the…

Unmanned

Unmanned is about the changing nature of masculinity in the face of automated technologies of war. It focuses on the unmanned aerial system, or drone, as a site of investigation. Rather than taking a conventional analytical approach, however, the work is performed live as "philosophical theater": a blend of performance art, political allegory, philosophical speculation,…

The Helpless Robot

The Helpless Robot (1987) is an artificial personality that responds to the behavior of humans by using its electronic voice, which speaks a total of 512 phrases. The speech that is delivered depends on its present and past experience of "emotions," ranging from boredom, frustration, arrogance, and overstimulation.

Telepresence after Death

This paper examines some of the increasingly sophisticated attempts by humans to evoke the presence of themselves or others after death and considers these efforts in the context of telepresence theory and research. Potential future research and ethical implications are also addressed.

Robots of Death

The Robots of Death is a classic Doctor Who story and a strong contender for anyone's Top Ten. Chris Boucher successfully draws on a number of different sources and combines this with his flair for characterization and incisive dialogue. The basic situation is typical of a detective story; a group of people are locked in…

Mission Eternity / Bridges / Sarcophagus

The MISSION ETERNITY SARCOPHAGUS is a mobile sepulcher for users who prefer to be buried at an indeterminate geographical location. The mobile cemetery tank is a 20 foot ISO standard cargo container (6m long, 2.4m wide, 2.6m high, 4 tons in weight) and can potentially travel planet earth until it falls apart. The system allows…

SRL – Survival Research Labs

Survival Research Laboratories was conceived of and founded by Mark Pauline in November 1978. Since its inception SRL has operated as an organization of creative technicians dedicated to re-directing the techniques, tools, and tenets of industry, science, and the military away from their typical manifestations in practicality, product or warfare. Since 1979, SRL has staged…

Robot & Frank

Robot & Frank is a 2012 American science fiction comedy-drama film directed by Jake Schreier and written by Christopher Ford. Set in the near future, it focuses on Frank Weld, an aging jewel thief played by Frank Langella, whose son buys him a domestic robot. Resistant at first, Frank warms up to the robot when…