Sunday July 24, 2016

Love/Machine

Robots. No matter how hard we try, most of us can't help but feel for them. We want to know: why are we so compelled to endow robots with some kind of humanity?

Robots. No matter how hard we try, most of us can't help but feel for them. We want to know: why are we so compelled to endow robots with some kind of humanity? (Getty images )

In this episode of Tapestry, we go deep into the heart of robots... and investigate the human urge to get attached to them.

Why are we so inclined to endow robots with some kind of humanity? Where does that urge come from and where does it take us? Is this human propensity endearing? Creepy? Perhaps a little dangerous?' What IS it about human beings and our inclination to see artificial life as something REAL?

Our investigation takes us from the pages of a science fiction novel onto the battlefield and into a research lab at MIT.

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