Factory operator, film character or military drone – we all know what a robot looks like. But have you ever actually encountered one? The interface between man and machine is getting smaller by the day. The smartphone, for example, has already changed our lives forever. The exhibition Hello, Robot. Design Between Human and Machine lays bare our relationship with technology.
Will robots eventually make us more creative and generate new jobs? That is one of the questions Hello, Robot. poses. Or: to what extent do you actually want to rely on technology? Smart assistants are already showing us the way, monitoring the condition of our body or acting as a playmate for our children. But do we also want machines that look after the elderly or satisfy our sexual cravings? Who knows, maybe we will all have a bit of cyborg in us soon!
Are robots taking over the world or set to save it? What do you think? Designers are delivering ideas and actual solutions that demonstrate that the reality lies somewhere in between the two. Robots are a reason for great excitement and critical reflection at the same time. How do we manage a world that is becoming increasingly digital, smart and more autonomous? Visit Design Museum Gent and join the debate.