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Why is this any more frightening than people having relationships with pets? Most people eventually find that a pet can't fulfill all their emotional needs; they need someone more complex. Now a robot might be more complex, but the closer it comes to having the right kind of complexity, the closer it actually comes to being someone worth having a relationship with.

As robots become more common, legal issues will arise. Contracts will be one tool for regulating robot behavior.

That a single robot, or even the story of a robot, gets people so involved, truly is impressive. We are already involved more than is often presupposed. That I can 'talk' here demonstrates the extensions made to my very human capacities courtesy of technologies.
Bruno Latour talks of hybrids formed between what is technical and social, Donna Haraway makes a further provocation in naming what is cyborg.
I suspect robotic utopias or dystopias have already been surpassed, so our questions might shift to how do we now relate...I find myself already altered :)

That a single robot, or even the story of a robot, gets people so involved, truly is impressive. We are already involved more than is often presupposed. That I can 'talk' here demonstrates the extensions made to my very human capacities courtesy of technologies.
Bruno Latour talks of hybrids formed between what is technical and social, Donna Haraway makes a further provocation in naming what is cyborg.
I suspect robotic utopias or dystopias have already been surpassed, so our questions might shift to how do we now relate...I find myself already altered :)

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