Fun fact: I cried in my tutorial this week.
I was moved to tears by a video about a robot called Kara who is considered faulty because she displays traits that are considered “human”. The questions this raised for me were deep and disturbing – this robotic form of artificial intelligence was seen as more sympathetic than the disembodied human voice telling her she was just a machine. Is she human? Is she more human than us homo sapiens?
With technology increasing so rapidly, it’s hard to draw the line between human and technology. We are all being patched into the global information network now referred to as a “nervous system” – daily, frequently, constantly. It’s part of the growing cyberculture we live in, a fast-paced and content-packed world where we communicate and control others with ease. We are seen to be moving into a cyber-utopia where we can share information in different ways and by different means. It opens up a range of possibilities, both positive and negative, and all a little scary. For example, AI and robots are definitely charging full speed ahead, but will it change the way we view ourselves? Only time will tell.