Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Philosophy Wire: Robots & Fools. How can you distinguish them?

_66134629_robot_clean_624Philosophy Wire by Spiros Kakos [2013-03-05]:

Are you feeling weird with a robot inside your house? You are not the only one. Extensive research in robotics is now conducted on the ways our android mechanical inventions could be more human-friendly without sending the creeps to anyone interacting with them. [source: BBC News]

Which of the following possible robot "faces" would you choose?


Even though I am a proponent of the immaterial nature of the mind, I somehow have the feeling that appearance (and NOT intelligence) is all that it takes to consider someone human. We may need some years to make them perfect robotic faces, but when we do there will be no way to distinguish them from many fools wandering around...

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