Africa Hitech: The Robot Rapture Begins! [Music Video]

In the future, Recycling is murder. This half music video, half short film, for Africa Hitech on Warp Records, tells the tale of Robots who choose a sort of rough dignity.

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16 Responses to Africa Hitech: The Robot Rapture Begins! [Music Video]

  1. it's interesting, but the graphics aren't brilliant (although considering it's a music video for an industry with little knowlege of what good CGI is…) I suspect you posted it because it's about robots?

  2. it’s interesting, but the graphics aren’t brilliant (although considering it’s a music video for an industry with little knowlege of what good CGI is…) I suspect you posted it because it’s about robots?

  3. Robotic assisted suicide.  Philosophically, that is an intriguing thought.  the person who conceptualized this video wanted to ask if robots could a.) become sentient, and b.) choose to end their sentient existence on their own terms rather than be upgraded and perhaps lose their sentience to a more stringent program. 

    to those of you who commented asking the point, possibly you're only thinking cursorily.  here's a fun what-if for you: in this model, the robots represent us, and the people represent the still pre-dominant idea of some higher power.  if that higher power wanted to scrap us and "improve" us, what would the majority of us do?  probably fear the change, especially if we knew the improvements would take away our creativity and freedom of thought–the very things which makes us human.  what would you do, faced with that knowledge?

    • It also adds an interesting dilemna to think that the robots "died" appearing to be "happy." Is there a dignity in that? Would a few seconds of bliss and then nothingness be better than prolonged pain with hope?

    • you raise a very interesting question.  I shall have to reflect on how I feel about that one.  My question is–if they're completely re-written, from whence comes hope?  If you have no memory of sentience, how can you believe it's possible to achieve sentience again?

      • Well, technically, if they're non-sentient, they wouldn't understand hope at all. Either way, one could argue that they'd die. Either way, they'd loose their conscious being (Ignoring all possibilities of an after-life). But, one could argue, the probabilities for developing some sort of sentiency is better if you're upgraded than if you're smashed by a car. Perhaps that could be a 'logical' choice some made. Another question to raise, if we're talking about sentiency and hope (though I might be digging a little to deep into this), from whence would the coding for "Rapture" come?

  4. Apparently, in the future, cars are so durable that no one slows down for an obstacle.

    Interesting concept video, not a big fan of the soundtrack but that's a matter of taste.

    J.Ja

  5. Wasn't too fond of the music, but I did like the robot's design. If they made a toy of it, with an dot pixel display as part of the figures head to change the facial expressions, I'd buy one. 

  6. Wasn’t too fond of the music, but I did like the robot’s design. If they made a toy of it, with an dot pixel display as part of the figures head to change the facial expressions, I’d buy one. 

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