SAM // Meet SAM. If you ask it for a soda, it will calculate the costs and – after payment – will pour you a drink that it produces all by itself from bacterial fermentation. SAM is a Symbiotic Autonomous Machine that is able to intelligently manage recipes, prices, maintenance, service and labour. This robot produces at cost, reimburses debt and pays bills as a single economic entity. Yet SAM has no legal status. With its creation, Arvdi&Marie show that machines already have the capacity to be autonomous, even though we are hesitant to trust them. Why not give them a legal status as a starting point for a trustworthy, collaborative relationship?

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