Depressing With A Capital D: 'Last Moments Robot' Comforts You To Death

June 8, 2012


Man. Man oh man oh man. This is a video of Dan Chen's 'Last Moments Robot', a robot designed to comfort a person as their final bars of life-force flow out of them. You know, because that's not the saddest thing I've ever heard. WARNING: crippling depression follows.

Once the patient lies down and the device is activated, LEDs display the words "Detecting end of life." At this point, the "doctor" exits the room, leaving the patient alone. Within moments, the LEDs read "End of life detected," and the robotic arm begins its back-and-forth caressing action...

"The device is meant to raise questions," he says. "The process of dying is probably the most vulnerable moment of a human life, where one seeks the assurance of human connection. In this installation, human presence is replaced with a robot, questioning the quality of intimacy without humanity."

"I am the Last Moment Robot. I am here to help you and guide you through your last moment on Earth. I am sorry that your family and friends can't be with you right now, but don't be afraid. I am here to comfort you. You are not alone, you are with me. Your family and friends love you very much, they will remember you after you are gone."

Holy shit, I need cheering up and I need it now. Anybody -- tell me something happy. "It's Friday." That helped, keep going. "Happy hour at 5." Go on, I'm listening. "Dying with nothing but a robot by your side." WOW -- you're a real @$$hole, you know that?

Hit the jump for a video of death-bot doing it's depressing thing.

Thanks to sebastian and Bradley, who want to die they way actors do in movies: only pretending to.

  • MapDark

    Yeah , because getting craddled to death by Glados is something I would want to experience!

  • Jadis

    I guess the hospital that uses this can't spare a live nurse for a few minutes. I can see a horror film where a 'comfort bot' slowly depresses someone's chest while saying this stuff. Sick.

  • Ryan Ong

    What the hell is this "robot" even for? It doesn't do jack. What a total and stupid waste of money. I'd rather, I dunno, hook up with online friends for the last time, or even talk to a total stranger.

  • artilleryboy

    Yes, seems very comforting to a dying person.

  • That would anger me so much I'd get out of bed just to kick the doctor in the nads before I croaked.

    You scared of dying alone and your family are all douches? get a dog.

  • sointex

    what a terrible fucking way to die.

  • So much sad.

  • Adamant

    I am sorry you are dead, now please, get out.

  • djcorbijn

    At the end I was like "dang, that's some cold blooded shit!". It tells the time, says it's done and get the fuck out, so much for dying with some dignity.

  • If you weren't about to die, after that you'd kill yourself.

  • Ed

    As long as it has Morphine it's fine.

  • p_shep

    Got the sads now :(

  • Vincent Reyes

    Did it seriously ask the dead person to please the room for the next patient????

  • Vincent Reyes

    to please leave***

  • GlaDOS, v1.1

  • Guest

    This made me sad, and while I'm eating a cookie. ( ;A;) happy big slice of cake from a doodad to place in my first cut on a fresh piece of construction paper...ohh yeah!

  • GirlFromSpace

    Does it give handjobs?

  • BillGatesIsYourDaddy

    I would gladly go out with a happy ending rather than this depressing shit.

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