I, Robot

A Japanese scientist has unveiled the most lifelike robot yet. Repliee Q1, as it is known, has a human appearance, responds to its environment, and mimics human movement down to minor details.

Earlier researchers have found that, the more a machine looks and acts human, the more humans will respond to the machine as if it were human. Certainly, the visitors seeing Repliee Q1 reacted as if they were seeing a living woman.

Which raises a dilemma. People are more comfortable dealing with other humans than with machines. If machines act more like humans, we will use them more. But is it dangerous to blur the line between human and machine?

What do you think?

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think that it would be very dangerous to further blend the line between machine and man. I think that humans should interact with humans (and animals or whatever) but not robots--it's creepy and weird.

posted on Sat, 07/30/2005 - 5:27pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

That would be totally wierd!!\r\n\r\n

posted on Mon, 08/01/2005 - 4:33pm
JNNelson's picture
JNNelson says:

Humans already interact with all sorts of machines on a daily basis. Once people would have thought it was totally weird to use computers or even telephones.
However, what sort of use (besides being pretty cool) does this new life-like robot have? Why is there a need for a robot to be so human-like?

posted on Sun, 08/07/2005 - 12:13pm
dani. r's picture
dani. r says:

will humans be replaced by robots? no. humans program and operate robots. they will never think for themselves.

posted on Fri, 08/04/2006 - 2:44pm
Muna_00's picture
Muna_00 says:

It would be cool. the whole robot thing but, i could turn out as we predicted

posted on Thu, 10/30/2008 - 12:32pm

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