You Will Die Alone With Your Robot

06.08.12 Marina Galperina

Ah, robots. They’re there to awkwardly, creepily hug your grandparents for you, let you sex them and make bad art, and now, they’re here to see you in your final minutes of your life when no one else wants to.

Dan Chen’s Last Moments robot is designed as a “free alternative to the paid memorial.” This is an art installation, relax. As a participant, you will enter the room with a pretend doctor, lay down on the floor and put your arm under the robot’s “caressing mechanism.” Once “end of life detected,” it will caress you rhythmically and will robo-whisper comforting things to you. Like this:

“I am the Last Moment Robot. I am here to help you and guide you through your last moment on Earth. I am sorry that your family and friends can’t be with you right now, but don’t be afraid. I am here to comfort you. You are not alone, you are with me. Your family and friends love you very much, they will remember you after you are gone.”

Well let’s a rather morbid exercise in dystopian fantasy.