Alone Together The Robotic Moment Analysis

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In our daily lives we are constantly surrounded by technology, as it rapidly become part of our normal routine. It is normal to devote many hours of our day to these robots, which little by little are starting our way to a point where it is contemplated to replace a human with a robot. Not only work wise but for marriage, or to take elders. However, the idea of a robot replacing a human is wrong and it can be dangerous to society, because it mitigates the connection between humans.
This topic has been discussed by experts such as Sherry Turkle, Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor, in Alone Together: The Robotic Moment argues how people are being changed now that technology has replace the real-time connections. Noel Sharkey, Professor of Computer
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Supporters of this use of robots believe that they can help people who have limited social skills such as autism. For example Newman in her article explains how her son Gus’s conversations with Siri helped him have better interactions with humans. She mentions that for someone how has a hard time understanding social cues, the predictability of Siri’s answers is perfect because they are predictable but that much, even when he is abrupt. For example: “I don’t like that kind of music” Gus snapped. Siri replied,” You’re certainly entitled to your opinion.” Siri’s politeness reminded Gus what he owned Siri. “Thank you for that music though,” Gus said. (Newman, 2014) As we can see this is a positive outcome. However, even though it might be helpful for some people, the constant interaction with robots, and especially from a young age can affect the way future generations deal with these robots. It can lead them to see their interactions with robots as normal as their interactions with humans. We can see this in Turkle article, where she mentions that teenagers view robots as secure and trustable partner, because they grew up with robot toys that simulate emotions (Turkle, 2011, p. 328 paragraph 21-22). With this idea, we can see how exposing children to robots can taint they way the view robots since they grew up seeing the interactions with robots as normal as an interaction with a human being. …show more content…
In Brown’s article, for example she talks about a girl with a heart disease that used a robot to go to school. “Lexie Kinder solves problems during math class, earns gold stars from her teacher and jokes with classmates at her elementary school.” (Brown, 2013) The way this girl can interact with her classmates and learn proves that technology can be propitious. Therefore, I support this kind of use for a robot because it doesn’t involve replacing a human, but rather enhancing their life by allowing them to learn and helping them connect with other

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