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    The New SpotMini

    Not only will humans be replaced but oh my dogs too.


    Edmund Burke: "In vain you tell me that Artificial Government is good, but that I fall out only with the Abuse. The Thing! the Thing itself is the Abuse!"

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    The technology is getting pretty sophisticated. Imagine what they will be making 50 years from now.


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    Why would I want a headless plastic dog?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kacper View Post
    Why would I want a headless plastic dog?
    To pet. To hunt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kacper View Post
    Why would I want a headless plastic dog?
    To guard your junk yard, perimeter wire, home exterior, keep the deer out of your garden, on and on.
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    Companion for Atlas...

    Edmund Burke: "In vain you tell me that Artificial Government is good, but that I fall out only with the Abuse. The Thing! the Thing itself is the Abuse!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris View Post
    Companion for Atlas...

    I was actually feeling sorry for the robot when it was taunted and assaulted. Real human emotions being felt for a machine's plight. I guess we need a new word for that in the dictionary now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmyz View Post
    I was actually feeling sorry for the robot when it was taunted and assaulted. Real human emotions being felt for a machine's plight. I guess we need a new word for that in the dictionary now.
    Snowflake?

    Seriously, Neuroscience Explores Why Humans Feel Empathy for Robots

    The same pattern also occurred when the participants were shown videos of the robots and humans being treated harshly—shaken, dropped or suffocated with a plastic bag—but with a twist. Interestingly, their fMRI results showed levels of limbic activity much greater when they saw humans treated poorly than when they saw the robots. This correlated with the responses on surveys that the participants took after watching the videos, on which they reported some empathy for the robots, but more for the humans.

    The results suggest that the reason we feel empathy for robots like WALL-E is that, when we see them treated a certain manner, it triggers the same sort of neural activity as seeing a human treated that way. In a sense, our mind interprets the robot to be human-like in a way that it doesn’t for, say, a rock. On the other hand, one possible explanation for why, despite this pattern, they still arouse less empathy than humans when being treated harshly is that we interpret them as something slightly less than human—something more like a pet.

    Of course, this explanation comes with an important caveat: correlation vs. causation. We don’t know for sure that these neurological patterns cause empathy, per se, just that they reliably occur at the same time. (Further, we can’t say for sure that this effect is unique to robots—stuffed animals and dolls might engender the same feelings of empathy.)
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    I saw the cool video about the robot butterflies. They exist but they don't know they exist. A "natural" butterfly exists. I wonder if they know they exist?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris View Post
    Very informative. Thanks for your leg-work on the link.
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