Artificial Intelligence is coming. I don't mean computers playing chess or go
against human beings and winning. No, I mean machines, manufactured by
humankind, thinking, inventing, creating and perhaps, in the future, feeling and
Science fiction literature and movies from the 20th and 21st centuries have
developed the concept of robots, clones, androids at the service of humans.
Robots, clones and androids that suddenly start thinking, and even thinking for
themselves, and then, possibly, rebel and fight against us - their creators, their
masters, their gods.
The US writer Philip K. Dick, author of the novel Do Androids Dream of
Electric Sheep? (Blade Runner on the screens, as well as Total Recall and The
Adjustment Bureau), was one of the most amazing visionaries concerning
Steven Spielberg, with his movie A. I. Artificial Intelligence (following an idea
of Stanley Kubrik), also went quite far away on the very deep philosophical
question of the android, a perfect charming child, who wishes to become human.
But, for the moment, this is not our present. Our present is for instance the
industrial robotics which is already invading our factories, and the housework
robots which will soon occupy our homes and doing all our domestic chores.
That means less jobs for working people outside and less work for us inside.
So, surely more free time for all of us inside but perhaps also less freedom and
social autonomy outside.
And then, one thing led to another, shall we have robotic soldiers to make war
someday and android sex toys to make love... instead of us.
In short, dear cartoonists from all over the world, with our 2018 theme Artificial
Intelligence, all the possibilities are opened for you to express, thanks to your
natural intelligence, your most terrific and free artistic creativity about this very
important subject concerning our present and future as living social species on
For the jury of the 6th Niels Bugges Cartoon Award 2018