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Maybe all a robot has to be is cute. [Mar. 2nd, 2017|12:37 am]
Phrembah (a potato-like mystery)
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Perhaps a robot that is indistinguishable from a human is no longer a robot.

You know, this could go the other way, too.  In exploring how we treat robots, we might gain a lot of insight into why we treat each other as we do and what constitutes conscious being.  We might find out that we’re not nearly as autonomous or even as sentient as we thought.  We may have been very little more than “meat-bots” all along.  In a way not entirely different from the way a baby duck imprints on its mother shortly after hatching, we might find that we’ve been programmed through genetic and social evolution to “imprint” on apparent autonomy.  We may have already met the enemy and they might very well be us.