PARO - Mental Commitment Robot 

PARO: mental commitment robot

Erica Seccombe, 2008 video


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On a visit to Japan in 2006, Erica was waiting at Osaka airport where she came across the Mental Commitment Robot. The infantilised robotic seal moves when activated by touch by stroking it through the hole in its perspex box and is a result of cognitive research into therapeutic medicine designed to create emotional responses in patients.

By creating this short video Erica explores the imploring emotional response this robot demands from the participant and highlights the increasing dislocation of human experience from real nature in the 21st century.