Human-Robot Relations: Why We Should Worry (1) absurd commentary later

Great article I read on Yahoo News today you can read it here . The Picture are my own commentary


BOSTON — It’s time humans reexamined our relationships with machines, and alter course before it’s too late, a prominent scientist said here Friday (Feb. 15) at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

People are looking more and more to robotic toys and tools for companionship, and less to other people, said Sherry Turkle, a professor of the social studies of science and technology at MIT. Innovations such as Siri, Apple’s iPhone digital assistant, have trained people to rely on machines in new ways, Turkle said, and to envision a future where robots are advanced enough to serve as teachers for the young, and caretakers for the old.

“The idea of some kind of artificial companionship has already become the new normal,” Turkle said. “Kids play with robotic pets, become allies with computer game agents. But I think that this new normal comes with a price. For the idea of artificial companionship to become our new normal, we have to change ourselves, and in the process we are remaking human values and human connection.”



In her interviews with people of many ages and backgrounds, Turkle has found that many now are coming to fantasize about robots that could serve as friends who would always listen to us, who would never become angry, who would never disappoint.

“What are we talking about when we’re talking about robots? We’re talking about our fears of each other,” she said. “Our disappointments with each other. Our lack of community. Our lack of time.”

Though robots aren’t yet advanced enough to provide the perfect illusion of companionship, that day is not far off.

“We are now at what I call the robotic moment,” Turkle said. “Not because we have built robots worthy of our company but because we are ready for theirs.”

Now is the time, she said, to step back and reconsider how and when we want to let machines into our lives, and when we should turn them off.


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