Living With Robots Will Change Humans in Unexpected Ways


The Terminator films envisage a future in which robots have become sentient and are at war with humankind. Ray Kurzweil thinks that machines could become ‘conscious’ by 2029 but is optimistic about the implications for humans. Photograph: Solent News/Rex
The Terminator films envisage a future in which robots have become sentient and are at war with humankind. Ray Kurzweil thinks that machines could become ‘conscious’ by 2029 but is optimistic about the implications for humans. Photograph: Solent News/Rex
We will love our robots. That much is hardwired into the human brain, according to Kate Darling, a research specialist at the MIT Media Lab.

By Rose Simone | MOTHERBOARD

From the heartfelt outpouring of sorrow when the friendly Canadian hitchhiking robot, Hitchbot, was vandalized in Philadelphia on its cross-US trip, to soldiers holding funerals for fallen robots that keep them alive, our attachment to mechanical creations runs deep, Darling said in a talk at the University of Waterloo this week.

So, as companies unveil robots that are deliberately designed to be personable, like the adorable social and customer service robot Pepper, and the singing, dancing, smiling LG Hub home assistant robot that made appearances at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, she wonders: How will these machines manipulate our emotions and change us?

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