Burning Man may have just ended a month a half a go, but that does not stop its organizers from thinking about 2018. Planning a major festival is a year round project and marketing it follows that same year calendar. The event has announced its sci-fi theme for 2018 so burners can start to map out their outfits and camps.
The theme for this year is I, Robot, the collection of short science fiction stories by Isaac Asimov first published in 1950.
In the Burning Man Journal, they quote the famous three laws about what a robot can and can’t do when it comes to itself and interacting with humans, then apply this to human existence, consumerism and the environment.
"1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law."
They want to bring humanity to an a world where robots and AI are making things in an automated and soulless manner (says the guy typing to you on a computer so you can read this on your computer or phone). They invite attendees to use their creativity create to “expressive robots of all kinds." They also "welcome art that examines how it feels to live in a world that is filled with robots that watch us, track us, hack us, read our tweets and emails, listen to our phone calls, and sell this information to other robots.”