robotic conditions, niki passath, 2019
Since the beginning of the industrial revolution the working human has become more and more accustomed in coexisting with machines. Humans evolved to a non-organic prosthesis of factories. In the beginning, this adaptation was mainly due to the human “hardware”, the organic body. The work was reduced to simple, repetitive movements on the assembly line. What the machine could not do itself became the task of humans.
The promise was that man will not have to work in the future, that machines will make life easier for us. Nevertheless, the social status and identity became more and more dependent on the work one has or does not have.
With the invention of the computer, the machine changed more and more from hardware to software. Machines got a “brain”. Is it still possible at this time that the human is a prosthesis of the machine? Not only connected to the human body, but also as a extension to thinking? It seems that with the desire to create machines that can think like humans, people started to think like machines.
More and more people identify with their work, even if the work is unnecessary and meaningless. What will happen if soon all the manufacturing processes are implemented purely by machines and artificially intelligent systems and robots don´t need any prostheses anymore? What do we do now when the human becomes obsolete?