Not sure when the humanization of animals and the creation of humanistic robots came about in society? Once computer graphics allowed for pretty much anything to be possible we had all sorts of animals with cute, cuddly personalities all making people go “ooh and ahh.” the digital human will take a bit longer, as we are humans, so to provide the illusion of spot-on accurate to us, it will require a great deal of sophistication. Lately, robots have made their way into the consumer markets, and it won’t be long when you can buy a wife, husband, lover, caregiver, and any other service/convenience/entertainment need you can think of.
I will interject that my fear with the future with militaries is it will all be some bot war with autonomous machines that can swarm and do things that can obliterate humanity. Hopefully, a man might learn to share vs. horde before that day comes.
My heartburn with the humanization of animals is that people get the wrong idea about them. Take a panda for example. They are cute and adorable looking, yet, it is a bear. Just because you saw one talking on a movie screen doesn’t mean any real one wants to be friends with you. this Is the part I see with pets and more and more with service dogs being abused by people and making life more difficult for those that really need them
Another area of possible contention will be when we simply buy robots for people like our grandparents and others who really simply want human interaction, yet, it will be our selfishness that will have busy families hiring the elderly caregivers so that they don’t need to actually spend any time. I am told by medical people that one of the issues with dying is that the elderly know when they are ready to go, but the laws and usually a grief/guilt-ridden family that has a fear of death will demand everything possible to save the person they barely ever spent time with.
The irony here is I have never seen anyone but the Egyptians bury people with lots of stuff and take it with them. More and more I am watching people fighting over the “stuff” someone leaves behind. it is a bizarre and sad commentary of life itself
As for robotic spouses and such…I guess it will be like anything else. The Stopford wives version of a relationship or marriage will do nothing more than burying the weaknesses in a human to a place where when it comes out, it will be awful for people and society. While it might be fun in the short term, the long term of it – possibly might work out if the machines learn by themselves and minimize the human bias and weaknesses of man. Perhaps then there would be hope for people learning to love beyond themselves?
Just me rambling this mornings. It just brings me the real beauty of free choice or free will. It really is a fantastic gift we have in the west. My biggest fear is that the systems will get so big and creepy on the planet that people will think they are free – when in fact, they are simply trapped in a system, with no ability to recognize and see what is going on.
You can see this behavior in humans today. Talk to a drug addict, most don’t think they have any problem. Talk to a guy that was married 5 times, it was always the women. talk to someone that insecure and controlling, “no I am not!”
I was mentioning to a friend yesterday, where we had an awkward conversation. I said, “actually, this was good, tear down all the facades and objections that we are covering the issue with – let’s get to the core and then solutions are possible.”
I forgot most people are happy inside the bubble they exist. “change? Huh? What are you crazy? I would rather repeat the same thing and expect a different result…only you change!”
Didn’t Einstein have a spiffy quote about insanity?