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Piet Schmidt — Encounter

Mirror: Material, Metaphor, Medium — Summer 2018

Machines that behave like living creatures cause an uncanny feeling. Our mind realizes that we are dealing with an inevitably lifeless machine. Our intuitive perception on the other hand perceives a lifelike creature close to us and a social relationship forms. The machine observes its surroundings. If it senses someone, its attention focuses on the person. When a stranger approaches, it fearfully retracts. If the person moves away again, it follows curiously. After a short time it gets used to visitors and begins to play with them, holding the mirror up to them from different perspectives. Should we trust our intuitive perception? Does the border between man and machine fade away? When we try to create anthropomorphic machines, we only produce machines after all.