Robots make our cars, deliver our food, and soon they’ll be commonplace in our homes and at work, but what will this future look like? How will the robot-human dynamic play out? MIT researcher, expert on robot ethics and author of The New Breed Dr Kate Darling talks to Andrew Harrison about the emotional connection between human beings and life-life machines, if we’re going to face a robot rebellion, and why robots will need rights, just like animals…
“People tend to treat robots as if they’re alive, even though we know they aren’t.”
“Robots pull on our heart-strings because we project ourselves and our emotions onto them.”
“Sci-fi loves to create robots that look and act just like humans, but we are not at the stage that yet.”
“We’re gradually starting to see robots come into our workplace and homes which is really exciting.”
“I see lots of problems with integrating robots into our society, but they don’t come from robots rising up against us.”
“There are videos online of robots being treated badly, and quite a strong backlash came from that.”
“R2D2 is this glorified trashcan on wheels and yet they are the most loved robot ever.”
Presented and produced by Andrew Harrison. Producers: Jacob Archbold and Jelena Sofronijevic. Audio production by Alex Rees. THE BUNKER is a Podmasters Production
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