Should we fear robot relationships? Companion robots that are increasingly human-like in appearance and actions are a growing focus of the robotics industry. From sophisticated machines we can chat to, through to lifelike sex robots, these creations have the potential to change how humans socialise, date, or even fall in love. But do we really want – or need – artificial companionship? This Perspectives, featuring writer and computer scientist Kate Devlin, delves into the pros and cons of human-robot relationships.
Kate Devlin is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Digital Humanities at King’s College London. Her research is in the fields of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). She writes and presents extensively across science media. She was probably the first person to say ‘sex robots’ in the House of Lords – in an official capacity, at least.
Luke Dormehl is a technology writer, author, and public speaker. He is the author of Thinking Machines: The Inside Story of Artificial Intelligence and Our Race to Build the Future and The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems… and Create More. He has written for various publications including The Guardian and Wired. He is also a stakeholder in the EU’s SHERPA project, examining approaches to regulating artificial intelligence and other smart systems.
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