The Last Moment Robot To Help You Go To The Next World
Think about the situation when you are dying and a robot gently holds your arm in its mechanical arm and says,
‘You are not alone, you are with me’
The Last Moment Robot has been designed to produce a soothing effect in the mind of a dying person.
A white robot gently rubs your arm with a swing motion and then, with a mechanical voice says: ‘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. ‘
Last moments: The robot the gently sways its arm from side to side to let you feel its presence.
Is it a good way to feel like that before dying?
Crave, is an artist, designer, and engineer graduated from School of Design (Rhode Island), said about the design which ‘reveals the cruelty of life, lack of human support/social connections.’
‘On the other hand, the robot becomes something that you can trust/depend on. It could give you the “placebo effect” of comfort.’
Chen, who graduated in ‘Digital + Media’, wrote his master’s thesis entitled ‘File > Save As > Intimacy” (PDF)’, to comprehend and investigate what he terms ‘robotic intimacy technology’.
He has built various other loving machines, such as a ‘hugging robot’ and a ‘purring machine’.
“The device is meant to raise questions,” he says. “The process of dying is probably the most vulnerable moment of a human life, where one seeks the assurance of human connection. In this installation, human presence is replaced with a robot, questioning the quality of intimacy without humanity.”