An interactive conversation with a robot about the future of work.
Futurium is a House of Futures. Here, everything revolves around the question: how do we want to live?
A future where more and more robots will replace people at work seems inevitable. The public is rarely involved in this controversial topic, lots of questions are left open. The installation “Anyone Still Working Here?” invites visitors of the exhibition at the Futurium to negotiate the details of this undertaking with a prominent representative of the pro-robot movement: An industrial robot arm.
A custom-made interactive glass panel serves as communication device between visitors and robot. The robot writes questions and draws user interfaces on the glass panel. The visitor on the other side can respond via drawn buttons and emojis. Answers are followed by counter-questions – an interactive dialogue about the future of work begins.
Multiple scenes keep the robot busy writing questions and reacting to the answers.
Once a dialog completes the robot reacts with a drawing communicating its attitude. After this statement, it switches tools, from pen to sponge to clean the window for the next visitor. We equipped the robot with a custom tool head, featuring a self refilling pen and a felt sponge.
“Anyone Still Working Here?” is commissioned by Futurium, a House of Futures and part of the permanent exhibition.