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Hello, Robot.: Design between Human and Machine

edited by Mateo Kries, Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, Amelie Klein
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Vitra Design Museum, MAK
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Foreword Mateo Kries, Vitra Design Museum   5
Foreword Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, MAK 
- Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art   6
Foreword Katrien Laporte, Design museum Gent   7
Foreword HortĂȘnsia Volckers, Alexander Farenholtz, German Federal Cultural Foundation   8
Foreword Ulrich Spiesshofer, ABB   9

The Search for Questions 
Amelie Klein   10

Science and Fiction   18

Through the Looking Glass, Down the Rabbit Hole: A Matter of Trust 
Marlies Wirth   20

Have you ever met a robot? 
Works   30
What was your first experience with a robot?
Works   40
Do we really need robots?
Works   70
Are robots our friends or our enemies?
Works   76
Do you trust robots?
Works   90

Programmed to Work   106

Robots, Kilobots, Nanobots   108

Could a robot do your job?
Works   16
Do you want to become a producer yourself?
Works   128

Friend and Helper   138

My Elegant Robot Freedom
Bruce Sterling   140
hitchBOT: the Robots Guide to Humanity
Fredo De Smet in conversation with Frauke Zeller and David Harris Smith   148
Envisioning What It Means to Be Human
Thomas Geisler in conversation with Fiona Raby and Anthony Dunne   158

How much do you want to rely on smart helpers?
Works   168
How do you feel about objects having feelings?
Works   178
Do you believe in the death and rebirth of things?
Works   196
Do you want a robot to take care of you?
Works   202

Becoming One   224

A Robot for Living in
Carlo Ratti with Daniele Belleri   226
Becoming-World Together: On the Crisis of Human
Rosi Braidotti   238
Distributed Embodiment
Christoph Engemann and Paul Feigelfeld   252
Would you live in a robot?
Works   260
Do you want to become better than nature intended?
Works   276
Are robots advancing evolution?
Works   286

Glossary   298
Biographies   303
Acknowledgements   327
Imprint   328