Hunger Games for Robots

Yunus Emre Duyar
May 10th 2015

As technology develops and introduces more complex wild systems every day, it is inevitable that some jobs are taken over by our creations. How would you feel if robots inherited ethical complications of existence? This is the question that Berlin-based audiovisual artist Martin Reiche seeks to answer, by pitting robots against each other in a deadly fight for resources.

In his installation called Drone Garden, Reiche uses "plants" that exist in a virtual garden of wires, circuit boards and cables. These plants, called drones by the author, are coded to constantly fight for resources, data in this case. With his installation, Reiche questions whether it is ethical to manipulate a virtual world that can be designed to fight for its existence.

Source: Fast Co.Design

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