Could you love a robot?

The robots are coming. In fact, they are already here, taking roles that once only humans could perform. Though we are still a far cry from sci-fi, we are already used to interacting with robots – at the supermarket self-checkout. In Japan, they are already being used to provide care for the elderly. If a robot could be built to be as sensitive and caring as humans can be, would you want one? They could enter our lives so totally that we might even fall in love with them. It’s time to think about robots: what they can do for us and what they might mean to us before we get in too deep.

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