Robot love

You know the whole trend in “affective” computing? Making robots appear to have feelings? Making ‘em seem emotional? You know what the problem is with that stuff?

The problem is, pretty soon you’re going to have Katie Couric dancing with a bunch of disembodied-head and garbage-can-shaped robots.

That’s the problem with it.

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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