Difficult to imagine bonding with a machine

The following remark from Kaplan matches very well with our first field learnings about people’s perceptions of robots. “The idea of a robot for leisure, the idea of a machine that would not be useful, … which only function would be to be present, joke, and be autonomous, the idea that we could once develop an affective relationship with such a machine, and even a reciprocal bond, all that was difficult to imagine for most people I was meeting” (Kaplan, F. (2005) « Les machines apprivoisées : comprendre les robots de loisir », p7, Vuibert, Paris).

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One Response to Difficult to imagine bonding with a machine

  1. Laurent K says:

    But I observed these bonds immediately when I saw my first Aïbo dog… Too bad it was not a commercial success!

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