Anthony Dunne, Fiona Raby, Dunne & Raby. Robot 3 from the Technological Dreams Series: no 1, Robots project (Model). 2007

Anthony Dunne, Fiona Raby, Dunne & Raby Robot 3 from the Technological Dreams Series: no 1, Robots project (Model) 2007

  • MoMA, Floor 1, 1 South

As technology advances and robotic experiments abound, designers are taking a closer look at our future interaction with robots. Will they be subservient, intimate, dependent, equal? Will they take care of us or will we take care of them? Dunne and Raby’s robots are individuals with their own distinct personalities and quirks, whose behaviors emerge over time.

Gallery label from Design and the Elastic Mind, February 24–May 12, 2008.
Additional text

As technology advances, designers are taking a closer look at future human interaction with robots. Will robots be subservient to us, dependent, or equal? Will they take care of us or will we take care of them? Dunne & Raby’s robots are individuals with their own distinct personalities and quirks, whose behaviors emerge over time. Robot 1 is very independent. It avoids electromagnetic fields because they might cause it to malfunction. Robot 2 is very nervous. As soon as someone enters a room, it turns to analyze them with its many eyes, and it becomes extremely agitated if the person gets too close. Robot 3 is a sentinel. It demands that the user stare into its eyes for a long time to be recognized by retinal scanning. Robot 4 is very needy and depends on its owner to move it about. It is extremely intelligent and has evolved its own language, although traces of human speech remain in its voice.

Gallery label from This Is for Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good, February 14, 2015–January 31, 2016.
Medium
Oak and acrylic
Dimensions
15 3/8 x 8 x 36 3/4" (39 x 20 x 93.3 cm)
Credit
Gift of the Speyer Family Foundation
Object number
437.2008
Copyright
© 2022 Dunne & Raby
Department
Architecture and Design

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