Since coitus seems to have been compromised by the bots, while we're at it, why not skip ahead to the bitter end and bookend this thing we call life with even more robots?
Laying lonely in a hospital bed wheezing your last breaths? Sad no one's there to comfort you as you slip into the great beyond? No problem.
Artist, designer and engineer, Dan Chen, has you covered. In fact, he'd like to introduce you to his robot. Here it comes now and it has something to say:
Not only that, as it coos those final words, Last Moment Robot will caress the soon-to-be dead with a soothing, not-at-all creepy animatronic arm.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.
Thankfully, Chen's robot is more of an artistic statement than a pinch-hitter for missing family members. In his interactive End of Life Hospital installation, at least Chen is conscious of the contemplative duality that his robot conjures.