An artist designs a machine to help the lonely through their last moments — raising questions about the need for human intimacy in an increasingly technological world
Artist and designer Dan Chen from the Rhode Island School of Design wants us to question the value of intimacy in a world increasingly dominated by technology. To that end, he’s created a unique art installation — an end-of-life care machine tasked with comforting dying patients during their final moments. Chen invites people to lay in a hospital bed as the “Last Moment Robot” caresses the person’s forearm with its padded, plastic, machine arm. It then reads the following script:
“Hello [blank]. 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.”
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