the punishment by filipe vilas-boas and paul coudamy
the punishment by filipe vilas-boas and paul coudamy the punishment by filipe vilas-boas and paul coudamy
mar 28, 2017

the punishment by filipe vilas-boas and paul coudamy


french artist filipe vilas-boas and architect paul coudamy create this dark humoured installation in which a robot executes a preventive punishment for any possible disobedience in the future. the project is considered as a ‘serious joke’ that borrows american writer and professor isaac asimov’s ‘law of robotics’. the latter states that a machine of such should never injure or attempt to harm a human being.

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‘I… robot’, the start of the punishment



for this project, filipe vilas-boas has teamed up with paul coudamy to shed light on the incredible speed at which technologies are merging with artificial intelligence. this phenomena raises a whole lot of questions about the relationship between man and machines. tainted with dark humour, this dystopian ‘anthropomorphology’ also underlines the fear that robotics might engender in the future: how automated do we want our world and bodies to be? what physical, moral and legal frameworks should be adopted? what are the potential consequences for human life and ethics? ‘at the turn of the century, questions related to automation are popping up in everyone’s mind. we will have to answers them collectively, if possible’, reveals the artist.



the punishment
video © filipe vilas-boas

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this borrows isaac asimov’s ‘law of robotics’ which states how machines should never harm men

filipe vilas-boas the punishment installation designboom
the robot executes a preventive punishment for possible disobediences in the future

just like a human being, the machine is writing down its ‘must not’s’

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the man-machine relation is highly questioned through this installation



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