Essay on The Human Robot Relationship By Sherry Turkle

1453 Words Nov 30th, 2016 6 Pages
The Human-Robot Relationship Thanks to the rapid development of technology, robots are widely being utilized. From industrial robots to medical operating robots, from robotic toys to robotic lovers, robots, as humans’ substitutes and servants, are programmed to imitate human behaviors and do many things that used to be done by humans. Still, there are concerns about the increasing use of robots and their relationships with humans. People are inclined to develop emotional affinity toward robots. They spend more and more time with robots for companionship, and less with other people. Will the human-human relationship be replaced by the human-robot relationship? Is it possible to have a sense of harmony with the company of robots? In “Alone Together”, Sherry Turkle addresses the complexity of human relationship with the world and suggests that people feel the need to be “connected” at all time, but for them, the quality of connection is dubious at best. Jane Goodall asks how humans are going to find ways to live in greater harmony with each other and the natural world in her article “In the Forest of Gombe”. Robots provide the illusion of companionship and help relieve people’s loneliness to some extent. However, the human-robot companionship lacks authenticity since robots are deficient in understanding and aliveness, resulting in less substantial relationships. There is no denying that robots provide some people with a sense of companionship. However, they cannot meet…

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