Zen Machine is an idea which received an honourable mention in the scope of the Futurelab Ideas Expedition, an internal competition of ideas intended to creatively explore the technological and social circumstances of our time. The Zen Machine explores the role of machines in the context of spirituality and religion. The concept envisions a robot taking the place of a monk and maintaining a Zen garden. Can a machine, which is traditionally intended to execute functional or repetitive tasks, really fulfil this role or is spirituality reserved solely for humans?
Credit: Patrick Berger, Ars Electronica Futurelab