To Bot or Not to Bot, Why Ask the Question?

I just began a unit on Scientific Responsibility where students are exploring the idea of limiting our technology, which is a foreign concept to these digital natives. As an introduction, I showed the students this video that describes robots that make life easier in the home and in the military. One question that is raised is how human-like is too human? Sherry Turkle, from MIT, asks, “Why are we doing this?” She brings to the forefront that once we attach human-ness to our technology we risk seeing it as real, which isolates us from our real connections.

I’ve also attached the transcript of the video and another article I’m using for this unit.“Will Small Step for Robots Lead to Giant Leap for Robotkind?”

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