Monday, August 19, 2013

Do we want other humans?

At work I was listening to one of NPR’s TED Radio Hour Podcast entitled “Do we need humans?” This talk was a presentation by Sherry Turkle, a professor of the “social studies of science” at M.I.T. and was based on her book Alone Together
A quick search on Google turned up a statement from the book in a New York Times Book Review:
“Dependence on a robot presents itself as risk free. But when one becomes accustomed to ‘companionship’ without demands, life with people may seem overwhelming.” Then the author of the book review states, “A blind date can be a fraught proposition when there’s a robot at home that knows exactly what we need. And all she needs is a power outlet.” 
Do we prefer technology to one another since human relationships take work, can be messy, and cannot be controlled?

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