Joaquín Fargas

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Robotika, The Nannybot

Robotika is the result of us making ourselves two main questions:

1. Are we as human beings able to guarantee our own kind survival?

2. Are we ready to delegate to an AI the future of the human civilization?

While physics tries to understand the origin of the universe at the LHC and other thinkers pose that the birth of time is not the birth of the universe, the same questions reappear: humanity is linked to the age of the Earth? Is it possible to develop humanity in the post-Earth age? Fargas raises the hypothesis of perpetuating human life in unexplored environments, in charge of robotic entities that house human embryos. This question asks us: will the AI be able to educate the future humans scattered in the confines of the universe? Are we willing to allow intelligent and autonomous entities, independent of human control, the care and preservation of our species?

Robotika, The Nannybot is robot, a cyber nanny whose duty is to preserve the human race, taking care of the baby and protecting the environment surrounding the child. Robotika challenges the limits of the human being concept.
The Nannybot is put forward as the paradigm of devoted and unconditional mothers. It is a robot vested with artificial intelligence that not only responds in accordance with its original program, but also learns from experience, based on a trial-and-error approach.
Robotika´s mission is to assist in the preservation of the human species, if the end of human civilisation arrives in a near or distant future. Each Robotika shall carry cryopreserved 2 embryos in its womb that would somehow take human life to the most remote places of the universe.
They shall act as ‘galactic arks’, looking for a suitable environment for humankind development.
Robotika, The Nannybot, shall fulfil all the needs related to the upbringing of a child whenever it detects appropriate environmental conditions. At that moment, the gestation process shall begin in pursuit of the future colonisation of the place.
Fargas imagines that humanity will be soon in a technological position to send capsules containing potential human life to far away destinations within the universe. Based on this fiction, in 2010 he conceives this project that still lacks its final visual materialisation. We can associate this project with science fiction characters, ranging from the ‘Midwife Droid’ from Star Wars saga, Episode III (2005) to more recent films on this topic, such as Interstellar (2014).
Robotika, The Nannybot example enables us to observe the modus operandi through which Fargas perseveres, founds and strives to configure his works around these reflections and helps us to ask ourselves: Humanity has end?

Robotika, The Nannybot