In October 2017 the Niet Normaal Foundation presents the ROBOT LOVE Living Lab for the World Design Event/Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven. ROBOT LOVE Living Lab explores the relationship between humans and robots.
The Army of Love is a group of love soldiers, founded by Ingo Niermann, from the observation that the sexual revolution in the 60s did not lead to an equal distribution of love. There are major differences between people in high demand, and people barely seen. Love soldiers strive to ensure that love is available to everyone. Inclusion is paramount. The ROBOT LOVE Living Lab explores the relationship between humans and robots. With the Technological Universities of Delft, Eindhoven and Twente robots are programmed to learn from their interactions with humans. Ten days long visitors can practice in giving and receiving love.
A shelter for abandoned robots serves as a first step to entice passersby and consumers to join. They can practice how to build a mutual relationship with an unknown robot. Artists and coaches guide them on their way. The E.E.G Kiss by Hermen Maat shows the brainwaves of people when they kiss.