Education for Robots

Me You and the Robot
Project description

Who will teach autonomous machines our ethics, norms and values? And who will scrutinise the content they produce and the decisions they make? Once autonomous machines become both content producers and ethical decision makers, our machines will need to be programmed in such a way that they reflect our ethics, norms and values. “Education for Robots” demonstrates a future algorithmic job in which two philosophers converse with an AI (Artificial Intelligence). By conversating with humans, the AI adopts human standpoints and trains itself to autonomously produce content. A multidisciplinary jury panel then votes on the generated robotic statements in order to learn the AI a model of societal preferences.

1. Initialisation / Side Panel

Upon starting algorithmic work, the robot presents humans a new question on which they are asked to reflect upon. This question forms both the start and end point within a new working model in which humans are teaching a robot to become an autonomous content creator guided by human principles.

2. Production / Front Panel

Humans respond to the question in the form of an essay. After the robot analyzes the document, it initiates a conversation with the humans. During the conversation, the robot raises questions and provides external references. The humans respond to the questions in order to assign meaning and value to the data.

3. Evaluation / Back Panel

The robot starts to generate documents autonomously based on the conversations and data gathered from humans. A human jury evaluates each document under a set of criteria in order to select preferable outcomes. Making the robot learn a model of societal values and preferences.


Me You and The Robot is a multidisciplinary collective lead by Erik Vlemmix and Henrique Nascimento in collaboration with Nort Vlemmix, Fabian Bäumer and Cas Hariri. The collective investigates the implications of robotisation on the future of work. On the crossroads of ethics, technology and design, they propose scenarios on new models of collaboration between humans and algorithms. The collective works with products, installations and videos to create interactive experiences between man and machine.