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Is it possible for human to fall in love with a humanoid?
Most of us have started to binge watch the new HBO series “Westworld.” It is about a robotic vacation destination based on the Old West where tourists can live out their illicit fantasies without limit. How so? By fulfilling their desire through robots with artificial intelligence, from murders to sexual rendezvous.
The series is an adaptation of the 1973 Michael Crichton film under the same name. HBO has excelled by telling the story mostly from the androids’ point of view. “The audience watches androids become more human—as the humans become less so,” wrote Christopher Orr in his article “Sympathy for the Robot,” which was published by The Atlantic.
Dating a machine could soon be a reality. I was stunned by facts that I found online. Here are five articles that predict the future of human-robot relationship:
#1. Experts Predict People May Soon Start Dating, Falling In Love With Robots
“Falling in love with objects can be considered as the condition called objectophilia. However, it could be a different case if a person falls in love with a robot that appears and acts like a human, according to Jonathan Roberts, a professor in robotics, and Kate Letheren, a postdoctoral research fellow, both from Queensland University of Technology,” wrote Darwin Malicdem for Healthaim
#2. One in four claimed that they would date a robot if it looks like a human
“Indeed, intimacy as we know it is expanding its boundaries - enabling us to experience love and affection beyond the physical and into the virtual.” Stacy Liberatore for Daily Mail.
#3. I Feel Your Pain: Humans Empathize With Robots That Get Hurt
"The researchers found that the pattern of the brain's empathic neural signals triggered by the sight of robots in perceived pain was similar to that toward humans in pain.” James Eng for NBC News
#4. The future of sex includes robots and holograms
“What is the line between augmenting human connection with technology, and replacing it altogether? What does it mean for sex as we’ve always known it — eye contact, skin, sweat — if there’s a digital third wheel in the mix?” Caitlyn Gibson for The Washington Post.
#5. World Robot Conference 2016 Reveals AI That Can Mimic Human Brains
“I can talk with you. I can recognise faces. I can identify gender and age of people standing front of me, and I can detect your facial expressions.” Cheyenne MacDonald for Daily Mail.
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