Analysis Of Who Holds The Clicker, By Sherry Turkle

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When I think of the word authenticity, I would describe it as one 's ability to be genuine or real. When someone is authentic, there is nothing fake about them. They display their true self. The two papers we have read hold very true to the ideas of human authenticity. But, Sherry Turkle’s essay “Alone Together” holds a greater threat to human authenticity than Lauren Slater’s essay “Who Holds the Clicker?” In Turkle’s essay, she talks about the idea of “anthropomorphism.” Anthropomorphism is taking something like an animal or an object and finding human characteristic within them. In this case, she talks about human characteristics found in robots. In today’s society people search for romantic, perfect relationships instead of genuine ones; …show more content…
We are slowly starting to lose the emotional connection we have with other human beings. In Turkle’s essay, she talks about the story of Miriam, a seventy-two-year-old woman, who happens to be living in a nursing home. The nursing home is a lonely place for Miriam and her family does not visit often. Eventually, Miriam was given a “therapeutic robot” named Paro. “Paro can make eye contact by sensing the direction of human voice, is sensitive to touch, and has a small working English vocabulary” (Turkle 270). This is a prime example of the title of Turkle’s essay “Alone Together.” Miriam is in fact alone. She was abandoned by the loved ones in her family. Ones who are depending on a robot to keep Miriam alive and happy. With Paro, “Miriam experienced an intimacy with another, but she was in fact alone” (Turkle 271). Miriam’s family lost a lot of empathy towards another human being. Something we are all slowly starting to do. “Who Holds the Clicker?” does not take the loss of human empathy to such extremes. The surgeries that Slater mentions in her writing do not change the emotions one has towards other people. First off, one could argue B-19’s case, where his emotions …show more content…
Anne, a “lovely-raven haired woman in her mid-twenties,” says she would “trade her boyfriend for a sophisticates Japanese robot if the robot would produce what she called ‘caring behavior’” (Turkle 269). Today, people are afraid of conflict. They are scared of arguments and disagreements that come with a relationship with others. Nothing is perfect with a real human connection. Love has its ups and downs, but that’s what makes it love. It is proven to be true if even at your darkest moments you still love that special person. With robots, you don 't have that. Most of us won’t admit it, but we are like Anne. We want to be happy 24/7 and want the perfect relationship, but the perfect relationship is also the unhealthy one. What we want is not always what we should have. Humans need deep personal connections with other humans. It keeps the relationship authentic and it means you can express your true, genuine side. With a perfect relationship, you have to hide the imperfections or you’ll never really know if it’s love. Robots don’t love like humans do. They don 't care about how you really feel. With emotional connections with humans, it allows human authenticity. Humans are scared of judgment and because of that, it leads them to robots where you don 't have to be afraid to tell them what hurts the most. On the other hand, DBS surgeries can help grow your bond with other human beings. The surgeries treat people with mental illness and “They forecast a day

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