Stories about robots bonding with humans have been the stuff of science fiction, but if Sherry Turkle is to be asked, it’s actually becoming more of a science fact. Turkle tinkers with robots that could not only mimic human emotion but could also interact as if they’re like living organic entities. The aim of her research is for these machines to pass what she dubs the ‘Turkle Test’, an evaluation similar to the Turing Test but one that determines if a machine could form a genuine relationship with a human being. It’s a curious aim, to say the least, for we haven’t even been able to deconstruct our own social DNA for more positive purposes (world peace, anyone?) but of course, the march of science advances with the beat of its own drum.

// The Turkle Test via Science Not Fiction

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