anthropomorphism and robots, we’re not all in this together, black and white gravity

Assigning human-like qualities to things nonhuman dates back at least as far as the ancient Greeks – Does the Devil Really Wear Prada? The Psychology of Anthropomorphism and Dehumanization

The term anthropomorphism was coined by the Greek philosopher Xenophanes when describing the similarity between religious believers and their gods — that is, Greek gods were depicted having light skin and blue eyes while African gods had dark skin and brown eyes. Neuroscience research has shown that similar brain regions are involved when we think about the behavior of both humans and of nonhuman entities, suggesting that anthropomorphism may be using similar processes as those used for thinking about other people.

Anthropomorphism carries many important implications. For example, thinking of a nonhuman entity in human ways renders it worthy of moral care and consideration. In addition, anthropomorphized entities become responsible for their own actions — that is, they become deserving of punishment and reward.

Like being able to assign values anthropomorphism can go either way, making a nonhuman entity like a dog or a whale worthy of moral consideration. It also means that we can shroud something nebulous with omnipotence and be willing to kill or die for its sanctity, real or not. Its been a while and I cannot find the link, but a few years ago there was a brief YouTube craze involving the destruction of toy robots or toys that could speak and move. Things came to a head when children saw them and became upset. Thus a related issue arose of hurting robots – non-felling things, because while the robot did not fell pain, those destroying the robots were inflicting pain on children who had assigned human-like qualities to the robots and toys. While the feelings of those children may have been a nuance to some odd strain of geekdom that was just having what it thought was fun, the phenomenon of children bonding with robots may have some benefits for parents of the future – Children perceive humanoid robot as emotional, moral being

Robot nannies could diminish child care worries for parents of young children. Equipped with alarms and monitoring capabilities to guard children from harm, a robot nanny would let parents leave youngsters at home without a babysitter.

Sign us up, parents might say.

Human-like robot babysitters are in the works, but it’s unclear at this early stage what children’s relationships with these humanoids will be like and what dangers lurk in this convenient-sounding technology.

Will the robots do more than keep children safe and entertained? Will they be capable of fostering social interactions, emotional attachment, intellectual growth and other cognitive aspects of human existence? Will children treat these caregivers as personified entities, or like servants or tools that can be bought and sold, misused or ignored?

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black and white gravity

Today on April 9,1865 the treasonous Confederate Army surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant in Appomattox, VA, ending the Civil War.

We Are Not All In It Together. Perhaps a super slow economic recovery, but we do seem to be recovering. Though some people are clearly recovering while others struggle.

Still more astonishing was the extent to which the super rich got rich faster than the merely rich. In 2010, 37 percent of these additional earnings went to just the top 0.01 percent, a teaspoon-size collection of about 15,000 households with average incomes of $23.8 million. These fortunate few saw their incomes rise by 21.5 percent.

The bottom 99 percent received a microscopic $80 increase in pay per person in 2010, after adjusting for inflation. The top 1 percent, whose average income is $1,019,089, had an 11.6 percent increase in income.

If you worked – repaired roofs, drove a delivery truck, waited tables, worked as a clerk selling athletic shoes, mopped the floors in an office building, supervised warehouse deliveries answered customer service call you are barely treading economic water. Fox News and Paul Ryan(R-WI) say that you are a part of the smoocher class. Those people who put on a few thousand dollars in elegant haberdashery, drove a Mercedes to the office and labored in their orthopedic-ally correct chairs for eight to ten hours, they are doing the economy such a favor that conservatives want to reward them with more tax breaks.

mostly black and white with aqua beach towel

Caracol / Certitudes. Some of the photographer neighbors here at WordPress might enjoy the very photographic quality of today’s video.

Chanson / Track : CERTITUDES
Artiste / Artist : CARACOL [caracolmusique.com]
Étiquette + Producteur / Label + Producer : INDICA RECORDS [indica.mu]
Maison de Production / Production House : PARCE QUE FILMS [parcequefilms.com]

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