Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other

True Companions

  • The notion of robots taking the place of pets was the subject of a research project Shelly did with the AIBO robot dog released by SONY in 1999. This pet developed a personality depending on how it was treated. Unlike real dogs, it doesn’t shed, bite, or die. It also doesn’t need daily attention so it allows for attachment without responsibility. While children and adults don’t forget that the dog is a robot, they still find the relationship real and in some cases intense. Some prefer a robot pet as this type of pet doesn’t suffer from the owner’s mood swings. In 2010, Roxxxy the first sex robot, made the scene. While having a robot companion is better than being lonely and doesn’t come with the risk of rejection, it does consign you to a closed world. Other experiments have tried to create robots that have the personality of deceased loved ones.
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