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When Robots Live Among Us / Technology

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Humanoid robots previously held sway only in fiction, but scientists say such machines may soon move among us, serving as hospital orderlies and security guards, caring for our elderly, even standing in as objects of friendship or sexual and parental love. As we embark upon this new era, it is worth asking whether such robots might ever seem truly emotional or empathetic. Could they be engineered to show loyalty or to get angry?

Josh Bongard, a roboticist at the University of Vermont, thinks the answer could be yes, and adds that we might respond in kind. Emotional relations with robots “are definitely a prospect in the near future,” he says. “You already see it with children, who empathize with their toys. Many of us have emotional relationships with our pets. So why not robots as well?”

Machines smart enough to do anything for us will probably also be able to do anything with us: go to dinner, own property, compete for sexual partners. They might have passionate opinions about politics or, like the robots on Battlestar Galactica, even religious beliefs. Some have worried about robot rebellions, but with so many tort lawyers around to apply the brakes, the bigger question is this: Will humanoid machines enrich our social lives, or will they be a new kind of television, destroying our relationships with real humans? The only given is that the day we learn the answer draws...

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Robots in Disguise is an electro-indie-rock-dance band from London. Dee Plume (guitar and vocals) and Sue Denim (bass and vocals) are its only two members, apart from a drummer named Ann Droid, and occasionally at gigs, a bassist (usually either Noel Fielding or Chris Corner). Part riot grrl princesses, part monsters of DIY musical mayhem, this extremely talented duo has a reputation for fashion-forward style and energetic shows where Dee’s guitar and Sue’s grooving bass lines dance over chunky electronic beats and tell-it-like-it-is lyrics.

The girls are rumoured to have taken their stage names from the French word for a writer’s pen name: “nom de plume” (Dee Plume) and the word for an assumed name “pseudonym” (Sue Denim).

Sue and Dee met whilst students in Liverpool. They quickly discovered a shared love of girl punk bands and so started writing music together. They have released one EP: “Mix Up Words And Sounds” and 3 delicious albums, starting

02 марта 2011


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