Socially Perceptive Robots by Ginevra Castellano & Christopher Peters

Even before such technology was remotely possible, the idea of robots that were near identical in appearance and abilities to humans was a part of the human imagination. In the article, films such as Metropolis, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Terminator, and The Matrix are listed as examples in which robots or computers take on human characteristics and emotions. Despite the years in which all of these are respectively released, the timeline of the world of story in the film is always a reasonable amount of time in the future, so that the advent of these robots is just on the horizon. Despite these films showing just how effective/incredible/dangerous these robots can be, another reason why they are so effective is that they show these robots interacting with our human world “realistically”. The article argues, however, that many of the actual problems facing the creation and implementation human-like robots in our own world are ignored in these films. It also argues that if such machines were possible, society’s acceptance of them to near global levels as seen in these films would be a much more difficult and controlled process.

            I love the films i,Robot and Blade Runner, and they both portray a very different kind of humanoid robot. One is an obvious machine, incapable of true emotion, but humanlike in appearance, and stronger than any man. The replicants of Blade Runner or the same except for one detail; they are indistinguishable from regular humans. These films offer the timeline of 2037 and 2019, respectively, for when these robots will be come a reality, and speaking as someone from 2012, I think these are, for better or worst, impossible goals to reach.


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