Giving This Robot A Chainsaw Could Be Mankind's Greatest Folly

Created as a performance piece for the 2013 Interior Design Week in Cologne, Tom Pawlofsky and Tibor Weissmahr figured it was a great idea to equip an industrial robot arm with a chainsaw to carve stools out of a tree trunk.

Thanks to clever programming, the robot is able to carve the stools with absolute precision and little to no waste — just ignore the mountain of sawdust.

The stools can be purchased by audience members after each performance, and have a lovely rough hewn look to them. But everyone involved seems to be blissfully ignoring the fact that the artists have just given an incredibly powerful robot a chainsaw for a hand. [designboom]

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