The Punishment – Speculating on robot’s punishment for disobedience

Created by Filipe Vilas-Boas and Paul Coudamy, The Punishment (2017) is an installation in which an industrial robot executes a preventive punishment for its possible future disobedience. In reference to Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics (and set to a score of playing children – see video below), it writes “I must not hurt humans” over and over again.

Interested in our fear and fascination with robots, Filipe teamed up with the architect and designer Paul Coudamy in order to raise questions regarding automation – without being a naive tech utopist or a reluctant technophobe.

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