In October 2021, I worked with Google X's Everday Robots team to design and envision workspaces of the future. Using the robot they've developed as a jumping off point, my team at the Berggruen Institute considered four distinct and possible futures of coexistence. Our goal with this project was to illuminate both the shortcomings and the benefit of robo-human cohabitation, so as to help guide Everyday Robots in their continued development of, and dialogue surrounding, their product. My graphics and the team's writing was compiled into a catalogue for internal circulation; below is a condensed version highlighting the main graphics and concepts.
The Symbiotic World is one in which robots and humans collaborate in space creation and maintenance. Robots sense network hotspots (which may be variable throughout a workday) and extend flexible partitions to enclose these prime working locations. Meeting rooms are thereby created on the fly, while lounge spaces materialize in low-connectivity zones, where casual run-ins and downtime may occur.
Meanwhile, The Robotized World grants more affordances to robots than to humans. This workspace, one that might be described as nest-like or hostile, arises from the robotized assemblage of ottomans ("The Automan")
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