3 urban prototypes for future living

Before I started working on real-world robots, I wrote about their fictional and historical ancestors. This isn’t so far removed from what I do now. In factories, labs, and of course science fiction, imaginary robots keep fuelling our imagination about artificial humans and autonomous machines. Real-world robots remain surprisingly…

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Are robots worthy of moral consideration?

When psychologists talk about a “moral circle” they are referring to how far we extend our moral consideration towards others. That is, whether we care about the well-being of others, and act accordingly. For most of us, the continuum of our moral circle is pretty straightforward: we include our loved…

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Humans should not worry about robots taking their jobs

When futurists talk about things that haven’t happened yet, they are free to parade educated guesses as fact. But before we take their word for it, we might remember the old adage: … in God we trust, all others bring data. In a recent article, the MIT Technology Review tabulated…

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This is how today's digital technology is making us more lonely

The UK government recently appointed its first minister of loneliness. The move came in response to increasing concern of a loneliness epidemic sweeping Western society. Psychologists define loneliness as a subjective, unpleasant experience that occurs when the desired level of meaningful social contact is less than what is available. The…

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