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  • Life In The Robotic Moment Analysis

    for itself, it could not be considered “alive” even with two of the three attributes of life in our new definition. Similar to ELIZA, the Tamagotchi toys are also intelligent and form a bond with their user. Turkle states, “Tamagotchis, in their limited ways, develop different personalities depending on how they are treated” (464). The Tamagotchis not only display a form of intelligence, but also mobility in terms of a relationship with the user. Their relationship and the personality of each Tamagotchi is contingent on how it’s treated by the user. Although they display a couple of qualities of “life”, Tamagotchis are still restricted by their programming and are not sentient. They can only ask to be cared for as written in their code, not what they deem themselves to need. The Furby toys share traits with both ELIZA and a Tamagotchi. The author goes on to say that: “As with a Tamagotchi, how a Furby is treated shapes its personality” (467). and “Actually, Furby English emerges over time, whether or not a child talks to the robot” (469). Furbies also allow the user, usually a child, to connect and build a relationship with an intelligent AI toy. The Furbies are reactive in their relationship with the humans much like the Tamagotchis, and change with their treatment. Much like their similarities, Furbies share in the same pitfalls as Tamagotchis that would otherwise make them viable for “life” according to our new definition. Furbies are not conscious or aware of their…

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  • Singularity In Alone Together By Barbara Frederickson And Sherry Turkle

    With her late studies in the 1970’s, children talked about a “people kind of love” and a “robot kind of love” because “children were comfortable with the idea of a robot being both machine and creature” (Furkle 462). Creatures were alive and demanded attention, while machines did not demand attention, but instead did not eat. Tamagotchis and Furbies, the robotic machines, turned children into more mature individuals that think about why something is happening. With a Tamagotchi by a child’s…

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  • Technology In Alone Together

    addition to that, they began looking for apps that could be added to iPod without giving away the proprietary code”. (Davidson 52). Davidson encourages students to work smart and widen their mind. She states that in American history, there were tremendous innovations in the society including technology and industry. The new technology provides children more opportunities to find and identify the real world. Sherry Turkle gives an example of the death of Tamagotchis for Sally. “In Sally’s ‘It…

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  • The Ecological Footprint: The Rise And Fall Of Consumer Cultures

    increased mining of valued stones and metals, which in both cases calls for a higher demand in “luxuries” for such a simple and not so very extravagant custom (Assadourian, p.10, 2010). As a young adult growing up in the peak years of consumerist culture and lifestyle, I do feel vulnerable in a way; because of the social influence around me that pressures to be up to date on the newest products. I remember from elementary school one of the girls my age showed up one day with a Tamagotchi, and…

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  • Narrative Essay On Self Identity

    easy to appreciate the unconventional, but being different has been a strong source of my self-identity. It’s given me a sense of perspective and balance that shapes my view of the world. As a child of biracial parents, I’ve always accepted that I was multi-faceted. And even though there are ongoing racial divisiveness and a history in this country that is notorious for its brutality, I never felt its culture clash in my home. Every day I experience the beauty and harmony that comes from a…

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  • The Role Of Robots

    Although the insertion of robots is imminent, it should be a concern about the ethical issues to which this insertion implies, such as how long a person should be cared for a robot instead a real person or to what extent a task should be outsourced to a machine. While scientists and engineers are studying how to develop new smart machines, sociologists are truly concern about the bonds that can be created between humans and these robots given that humans can create connections between small…

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  • Essay On Alone Together

    us experienced-and which we now often think of when we picture a classroom-is based on giving premium value to expertise, specialization and hierarchy. It prepared us for success in the 20th century, when those things mattered above all” (53). By heeding to customization, school would lack “expertise, specialization and hierarchy,” which is essential in a classroom setting. Turkle highlights the necessity of standardization and using what they already know to progress in their works, as opposed…

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  • Heroin Epidemic

    when heroin started seeping into the middle class and effecting white teenagers following the new culture of, “Sex, drugs, and rock & roll”. People nationally started to take notice and it was soon diagnosed a “socially infectious condition” (Mold, 2007). Heroin spread so quickly it took everyone by shock, “Heroin use spread from street corner to street corner very much like an infectious disease epidemic” (Hughes, 1972, P.995). It wasn 't something to be discussed when a loved one was a heroin…

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  • Hacking Culture

    in an immaterial context, you will more than likely face material charges. 4. Machine vs. Nature is a very well known ongoing debate in the digital world. It has multiple different layers such as; will machines eventually be able to fulfill human functions and characteristics (i.e. love and affection). A computer/devices work based on algorithms to best suit it’s user, by finding things that it may like, based off things that the user already does like. There are numerous VI (virtual…

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  • Being Alive Enough Analysis

    familial, and institutional ties with it. Through this deduction, human beings treat those they consider alive enough humanely and with respect, while they behave non-humanely with the rest. When defining being alive enough, human beings use their living qualities to qualify the standard of being alive enough. In this case, only individuals who meet these standards can be treated as alive enough. Those who do not respond to these expectations or standards are treated inhumanely and considered…

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