Fear of bots replacing human contact may prove misplaced

It will be hard to resist when screens govern our lives but at what cost, writes Richard Waters ©Bloomberg The Honda Motor Company Asimo robot during a presentation at the 2014 New York International Auto Show Whatever happened to the human touch? If you believe the latest fad from the tech world, it won’t be long before we give up talking to real people and start talking instead to machines — or “bots”. Or it might be machines pretending to be people, or people pretending to be machines. The permutations of human and artificial intelligence are about to become interesting. But if it works as advertised, we will move one step further beyond a world of direct human interaction towards a future when screens — and new ways of engaging…


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