ROBOKUMBIA

In the essay Inventing the Future. Postcapitalism and a world without work, philosophers Nick Srnicek and Mark Williams imagine a utopian realm in which all work will be done by machines, men will no longer need to work and will be supported by a universal income, guaranteed to all without distinction of class, gender or nationality.

This scenario was the main inspiration for the academic project RoboKumbia, which Studio José de la O has developed in collaboration with the Industrial Design School of the Monterrey Institute of Technology.

The aim of the research is to speculate on how technology will look in the Mexican urban context. Each student designed a robot capable of playing a different musical instrument: percussion, marimba, bass, and synthesizer. When synchronized, the robots play La Sampuesana, the first Cumbia song played in Mexico.

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