This deathbed robot is like having GLaDOS for a nurse

We live in an era in which androids are being considered for hospice care, so artist Dan Chen has created a machine that eases the dying into the great beyond — with the brutal efficiency of an ATM.


This is the "End of Life Care Machine," an automated companion who ushers you into the void when your no-goodnik kids and life partner are too preoccupied drinking, drugging, and whoring around.

This device currently exists solely as an artistic installation, so don't worry about spending your last moments with the monotone distant cousin of a Tamagotchi. Here's Chen's statement concerning the piece...

The Last Moment Robot takes the idea of human replacement to a more extreme scale. It allows for robotic intimacy technology to be reevaluated. The form factors are also been challenged, instead of mimicking the real, the Last Moment Robot's objective is aim to allowing the patients to experience the paradoxical sensation. Allow the patients knowingly interact with the placebo treatment.

...and the automated script.

Hello [Your Name], I am the last moment robot.
I am here to help you and guide you through your last moment on earth.
I am sorry that (pause) your family and friends can't be with you right now, but don't be afraid. I am here to comfort you. (pause)
You are not alone, you are with me. (pause)
Your family and friends love you very much, they will remember you after you are gone. (pause)
Time of death: 11:56


Heavy! Here's Chen's deliciously absurd "Intimacy Machine" as a palate cleanser.


[Pixedge via Nerdcore]



Anybody else think of "Roujin Z" when they saw this?