Part of a proposal for a public sculpture.
I proposed to create a new series of sculptures to be displayed as a static installation, to be manoeuvred around and interacted with by the general public. Titled Second Variety, the work would consist of a number of 3D printed life size autonomous robotic dogs, with their different forms inspired by the real-life robot dogs currently being developed and produced by the American company Boston Dynamics.
The work imagines a future where these robot dogs are being utilised for military warfare, adorned with various forms of camouflage paint and prowling the wood in packs of five for their prey.
The title of the new artwork, Second Variety, is inspired by the 1953 short story of the same name by science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. Set in a world where war between the Soviet Union and United Nations has reduced most of the world to a barren wasteland, the story concerns the discovery that self-replicating robots originally built to assassinate Soviet agents have gained sentience.
The sculptural installation embodies this idea of being watched from the shadows, alongside emphasising the fact that many believe that autonomous robots will soon reach the technological singularity, a hypothetical future point in time at which technological growth becomes uncontrollable and irreversible, resulting in unforeseeable changes to human civilization, where our once robotic slaves will transform into our masters.