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Love in the time of robots

27 Nov

It is summer 2002, mid-morning in a university research lab on the edge of Osaka, Japan. Two girls—both dressed in pale yellow, with child-puffy cheeks, black shoulder-length hair, and bangs—stand opposite each other under fluorescent lights. More precisely: One is a girl, 5 years old; the other is her copy, her android replica. They are the same size, one modeled on the other, and they are meeting for the first time. ¶ The girl stares hard into the eyes of her counterpart; its expression is stern and stiff. It seems to return her gaze. ¶ A man is videotaping the pair—he is the father of one, creator of the other—and from off-camera he asks, “Would you like to say something?” ¶ The girl turns to him, disoriented. She turns back to the android. ¶ “Talk to her!” he says. “Hello.” ¶ The girl repeats the word, quietly, to her robot-self. It nods. ¶ Her father feeds her another line: “Let’s play.”

https://www.wired.com/?p=2264647

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Posted by on November 27, 2017 in Reportages

 

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2 responses to “Love in the time of robots

  1. peteybee

    November 28, 2017 at 1:46 am

    Reblogged this on Spread An Idea and commented:
    Interesting read

     
    • manueldg82

      November 28, 2017 at 5:38 am

      Indeed I really enjoyed it too. Thank you for your comment

       

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