We have been living with robots for longer than we realize. Consider smart fridges and the smart thermostat. Technology continually offers us ways to externalize – cooking, language, agriculture, machines, computers and robots – to increase our chances of survival. However, by designing new technological environments we also influence ourselves. The development of robots challenges us to think about who we want to be, which needs we have and how we would like to share.
The symbiosis of humans and robots is perhaps the ultimate form of love. How will this (be)coming together of man
and machine occur? What will we win or lose? What human characteristics need to be preserved for the coming genera- tions? Will we continue to morph ourselves into our own pets or become loving cyborgs? How can humans and robots feel recognized and valued in the process?
Apply for CALL FOR CYBORGS mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Creators, designers, artists, dancers, fans of robots, engineers, futurists, startups and students can all participate. Everybody who wonders what the future will bring and what opportu- nities and risks lie ahead for a new post-human race. Pros- thetics and sensory applications will play their part, but also uploading your brain and sharing intelligence with a super A.I. will become possible. Or think of 3d-printed robotic limbs, DIY-surgery, workshops for happy cyborgs, active digital citizenship. What does all this mean for us and what are the ethical dimensions?
WHAT IS THE AIM?
ROBOT LOVE issues a call for cyborgs to collect innovative proposals and plans that challenge us in a thought-provoking way to think about the symbiosis of man and machine. What will this symbiosis look like and what does it mean? Is the combination of biological and synthetic intelligence possible or desirable? Will we enter a world in which there is space for many forms of life? Will there be racial segregation in which some consider themselves superhuman, while ‘ordinary’ peo- ple no longer matter? How are new technologies deployable and wearable so that everyone can participate?
TO WHAT END?
The ROBOT LOVE manifestation takes place in the autumn of 2018 in Eindhoven at the Evoluon and other venues. In collaboration with DDW and Park Theater a Cyborg Catwalk will be organized where everything is permitted and anything possible. The winners of the Call for Cyborgs will participate with a vanguard of brain-controlled exoskeletons, robotic limbs, transgenders, sensory applications and cyborg cou- tures. Our merging with robots might radically change our perspective on normality.
To take part in the Call for Cyborgs you apply before December 1, 2017 through the website of Robot Love. After applying you receive a confirmation from us and you can start your project.
The deadline for the completed form: 1 February 2018.
On February 15, 2018 the jury will discuss which 10 ideas are most meaningful and achievable. These will then be devel- oped further leading up to the Cyborg Catwalk at the end of October 2018.JURY
Charlotte Bik director fashion and product design Artez
Camille Baker WEAR Sustain director
Marco Donnarumma artist and performer
Maison the Faux fashion design
Martijn Paulen director Dutch Design Foundation
Jules van den Langenberg curator and designer