Siri, Alexa, Cortana, Google Assistant, etc. These are just the beginning of what experts believe will be a future filled with verbally interactive, digital and robotic assistants. And as we become more accustomed to interacting with machines, the machines are becoming more life-like.
But what does this trajectory mean for our relationship to such devices? Will we forever see them simply wires and processors or are we approaching a day when anthropomorphic technologies will engender deep, emotional attachments. Some say we're already there.
This hour we speak with Bina 48, one of the world's most advanced, interactive robots, and a panel of experts about the evolution of our relationship to machines.
- Wendell Wallach - Consultant, ethicist, and scholar at Yale’s Center for Bioethics; author of A Dangerous Master: How To Keep Technology From Slipping Beyond Our Control
- Steve Outing - Journalist, media futurist and blogger for Future After 50
- Bruce Duncan - Managing Director of the Terasem Movement Foundation and Manager of Research and Educational Outreach of the Lifenaut Project
- Bina 48 - One of the world’s most advanced, socially interactive robots
- Judith Newman - Journalist and author of several books including To Siri With Love: A Mother, Her autistic Son, And The Kindness Of Machines
Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show, which originally aired on December 21, 2017.