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Can Robots Feel Emotion?

A Question of Ethics and Robotics

Robots and computer AI have fascinated scientists for decades, yet it’s only recently that the question of what is human has been asked. We still don’t know, but artificial intelligence researchers are currently debating that question in science fiction films like Ex Machina. In other words, we’re still working out exactly what robots are and whether they should have feelings.

  • One of the questions for robotics research is whether or not robots can feel emotions, even if they aren’t human. If they are, are they limited to doing only one task, or can they have multiple emotions?
  • Artificial intelligence researchers debate the question of what is human and what is a robot. They aren’t sure, but they do know it is a human emotion that makes us human.
  • If robots had emotions, it would be a revolutionary advancement in robotics; perhaps we could study emotion without needing to study the human brain. With emotions that robots now don’t have, it could even mean that we do not need to study them as we do with the more complex forms of emotion; perhaps emotion is really something we’re born with.
  • Perhaps emotions are really biological enhancements. The idea of putting a robot in an artificial womb was initially only brought up to make the movie a reality. For now, though, it remains just a sci-fi concept.
  • Artificial wombs are not so far off from reality, but only in the movies. In fact, there are many types of artificial wombs in fiction. An artificial womb would need a human host to inhabit, but they could be artificial wombs in themselves, meaning they could exist within the body of a person without the actual womb, although this would be more difficult for such a short period of time.
  • The ethics of putting artificial wombs into the bodies of humans is a difficult one; even putting an artificial womb in a human host can result in a person not wanting to be there and with no memory of why they are there. It is difficult to determine what feelings an artificial womb would experience when placed inside of someone.
  • Some artificial wombs are artificial people, which means they can be defined by several features. Artificial wombs are generally defined as people that look like people but are fundamentally robots or machines that can react, think, move, and interact like a human being, not like a human.
  • Robot robots and artificial humanoids are frequently thought of as “robot or artificial,” but they are not robots or artificial people. In fact, an artificial humanoid could be defined as a synthetic human that exists outside of the context of a person. That said, robots and artificial humans are not the same.
  • An artificial human may not be a person because they cannot feel emotion, but artificial people may be artificially intelligent; that is, computers with the capacity to know, and then react to, emotion. Artificial brains may also be defined as robotic computers with the capability to have consciousness.
  • It is important to note that since computers are also artificial humans, a computer can also have emotions. Humans have emotions, while robotic computers do not.

Artificial emotions might be another step toward taking our relationship with computers to the next level, yet it seems that robots and artificial humans are two separate concepts that don’t always relate. Of course, as the technology improves and more humans become conscious computer systems, artificial emotions will be more relevant to their existence.

What is the Difference Between Human and Artificial Intelligence?

What is Human or AI? This is a question that has caused a lot of thought among people who study artificial intelligence.

You see, we have to ask ourselves whether a human is really a person. That is the beginning of the problem. We cannot choose the kind of person we want to be.

So, we need to ask ourselves what does it mean to be a human. Should we simply choose a human character from the movie? How about choosing an alien, instead of a human?

There is something that is missing from this picture. We need to know if a human is really a person. You see, this is the only way we will ever be able to understand what is human. If we do not know what human is, then we will never know what makes us human.

And with artificial intelligence in the mix, there are more questions than answers. Some of the many questions are: what is human or artificial intelligence?

How can machines mimic a human? How can machines even think if they can’t feel emotion?

The thing is, with the introduction of the first, rather crude, a type of intelligent machine, we have to ask ourselves what is human? I am not saying it is a question that should offend or trouble anyone. But why does it always come up?

Have you ever heard of feelings and emotions? Have you ever heard of self-awareness?

You may have heard of theories on what emotions are, but you may not understand how they work. When you watch a movie like “The Matrix”, what do you think is real and what is not? What are your feelings?

Even a child would know if something in the movie is not real. A computer program can fake emotions just as a human could fake emotions. However, the question is: what is the difference between humans and machines when it comes to emotions?

You see, all we need to understand is that we need to start studying the difference between emotional intelligence and artificial intelligence. We are getting closer to answering this question, but there is still a lot to learn.

We don’t need to put people on trial for treason, because their emotions cannot be faked. We don’t need to cause wars over something that cannot be understood.