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Friday, August 03, 2007

Robotics at MIT

“We’re all machines,” says Rodney Brooks. “Robots are made of different sorts of components than we are — we are made of biomaterials; they are silicon and steel — but in principle, even human emotions are mechanistic.” A robot’s level of a feeling like sadness could be set as a number in computer code, he said. But isn’t a human’s level of sadness basically a number, too, just a number of the amounts of various neurochemicals circulating in the brain? Why should a robot’s numbers be any less authentic than a human’s?"

Robots and Robotics - Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Artificial Intelligence - Science and Technology - New York Times


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