SAM The Symbiotic Autonomous Machine
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As machines gain more autonomy and importance in human life, they are still given no
agency in our society. Could a legalisation of their status create a shift towards a more
collaborative relationship with humans? S.A.M. 1, 2 & 3 are a Symbiotic Autonomous
Machines challenging those ideas. It employs kombucha to produce a beverage, acting as
small scale automated food production systems. This hybrid entity is both technological and
organic, intelligently managing recipes, prices, maintenance, service and labour, using
humans only when necessary. Notions of profit, or even greed, are superfluous and S.A.M.
produces at cost, reimburses debt and pays bills as a single economic entity with yet no
legal status. A legal framework, “The Autonomous Actors Rights”, is proposed along with
S.A.M. to define realistically the role of these types of hybrid tech into societyand to inspire
new economical and legal systems based on trustworthy relationships between humans and
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Arvid&Marie is a duo of artists, experience designers and technological
adventurers always aiming to discover new ways to stretch our world.
Together Arvid Jense and Marie Caye collaborate on their shared passion
for art and technology. Through the use of interactive objects and
performative story telling, Arvid&Marie use their collaborative effort to
explore post-human theories, focusing their creative attention on practical
cybernetics and autonomous machines. They believe that researching
how humans express themselves, philosophically and technologically,
can lead to long lasting, positive change.
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