We already know the world of possibilities that we have when applying new technologies and robotics.

Entering a creative world where robots are the ideal tool is not easy, but dedication and research has managed to provide us with more elements to achieve that creative flexibility. The following designers have managed to combine their knowledge to introduce us to new experiences with technology.

Filipe Vilas-Boas was born in Portugal in 1981. He is a self-taught media artist who currently lives and works in Paris. he also works as an interactive designer. His artworks often incorporate technology, using it to invite the viewer into some kind of interaction. His works were featured in the Portuguese emerging art books, 2018 and 2019 edition and have been exhibited internationally, especially at Nuit Blanche Paris, UNESCO. His installations and conceptual artworks challenge the global digitization of our societies, primarily by merging our physical (IRL) and digital (URL) worlds.

Paul Coudamy was born in 1979 and is a DPLG architect. In 2008, Paul Coudamy created Coudamy Architectures in Paris. He runs his own company in Paris, specializing in interior projects and installations. His creative harmony is based on the search for beauty, His projects from the initial idea to its realization, carrying out the form and manufacturing process in the studio’s workshop with the latest digital technologies, including a robot arm. He innovates with the latest digital technologies, as well as a robot arm to control each of the details of production and thus carry out his creations.

The artists created a work called El Castigo (The punishment). Designed to raise awareness of the imminent threat of automation and address people’s “fear and fascination” with robots.

Vilas-Boas considers it “a preventive punishment for his possible future disobedience.”

These two artists teamed up, for this project using the industrial arm to delve into digital fabrication and find new techniques to integrate robotics into architecture, to create a grouping of commandos on the team.

How does it work?

Based on visual programming and 3D modeling software, a text was designed under a guideline and in three dimensions, so that the robot could imitate the handwriting made with pencil and paper. A cursive font was chosen to give the robot an innocent distinction.

In a traditional school desk, in front of a notebook and in its end part of the robotic arm a type of clamp holds a pen; KUKA robot is found repeatedly writing the phrase “I must not hunt humans”. Like telling the robot to avoid hurting the human being.

To align the robot with the table and notebook, as well as to create the font and program the writing phase. The graphical algorithm editor tightly integrated with the 3-D modeling tools, Grasshopper, was used, which “provided an invaluable help in avoiding all collisions,” Coudamy said.

The artist chose the phrase as an indication of science fiction author Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics, devised in 1942 and used as a plot point in several of his stories.

Vilas-Boas comments. “Robotics and artificial intelligence can play a very important role in the future.” “Technologies are merging at high speed, especially robotics and artificial intelligence.”

Finally, society and technology have to meet and there will have to be a collaboration, to be able to explore the knowledge, understanding and use of new technologies in everyday life.