A lighthearted and robotic AI for you all today!
This video was brought to my attention via Steve D. and was going to be in the quickies on our art and science blog, Mad Art Lab but it really got me thinking and I couldn’t wait to share it.
Every time the robots dropped the ball I heard myself say, “Awwwwww.” I felt kinda sad. :(
I reacted as if the little electric ball catchers had feelings but it was only my personal experience (with dropping the ball) and innate empathy projected upon the little robotic critters. It surprised me that I instinctively and instantly reacted as though they were conscious beings and these aren’t even CUTE robots!
Then I thought ZOMG! I want a robot friend!
Would you like a robot friend and if so what kind of robot? One that cooks and cleans or one that is programmed to love you? Do you think robots can effectively replace pets and even other people as companions in the future? Would you like to come over to my place and play catch on the lawn?
The Afternoon Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Skepchick community. Look for it to appear Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 3pm ET.