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 machines.

BY  Arvid and Marie Arvid and Marie (FR)

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.