In the movie Ex Machina, robot Ava is given the ability to mirror human emotions and respond accordingly. She flirts with the humans around her and makes it seem as though she is an emotional being. “Emotional” robots do exist in the real world, and can be even more adept at identifying human emotions and detecting lies than humans themselves. However, instead of unique and complex emotions, their feelings are thought to be more of a reflection of the people around them, serving as a canvas for human emotions. This reflective phenomenon is also seen in pets—when we are sad, we might interpret our dogs to be sad.
Scientists aren’t yet sure whether robots can actually be conscious or whether the complex neurological signals that drive emotions in humans can be programmed in machines. There are pitfalls to either side, including hindered logical thought. The question remains, however, whether or not it is a good idea to allow robots to feel.
Would you want to interact with a robot as you would a human?
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