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Research: Functions and Personalities

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This blog post is purely just to post my research on robots. I have attached an image of a table of comparison of functions of robots. I have also included a list of information comparing the personalities of fictional robots. I will be taking out the key functions and aspects that I feel would be relevant and effective for my sentient phone, which I will portray in my next blog post. Sorry if the image is small, it was hard to fit it all in.
Robot functionsKryten: Red Dwarf

  • Purpose: Sanitation Droid- to enjoy cleaning and serving others
  • Lost his obedience programs- was able to better himself= sentience
  • Became science expert amongst the Dwarfers
  • Got nicknames such as “Captain Bog-bot” and “Commander U-Bend” due to this dichotomy
  • Has emotional capabilities- leads him to deactivating his shutdown disk (planned obsolescence)
  • Greatest ambition= to be human
  • Attempts to learn to lie and insult…

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ANSWER: Would you turn off life support?

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real-life-bina The real-life Bina (BINA48 is created off Bina) and Martine

In researching numerous fiction and non-fiction sentient robots and their function, I began to start my search for BINA48. In the process I came across a source containing of a 2003 mock trial of BINA48 and attorney Martine Rothblatt ‘filing a motion for a preliminary injunction to prevent a corporation from disconnecting an intelligent computer in a mock trial’ at the International Bar Association conference in San Francisco, 16th September 2003. Ultimately, legally, can you turn off life support for A.I.?

This mock trial is extremely important to the future of A.I. and the development of sentient robots as this is definitely deemed to occur. The boundaries between human and robot are blurring and distinction is fading. Sentient robots are (or would be) deemed as being self-aware alive ‘individuals’. It is noted in the formal email from BINA48 reaching out…

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Sentient Functioning

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Pepper robot

To begin my research I am going to compare A.I. “Sentient” robots, what functions they do and don’t have, what are the benefits, what works, the downsides. The aim is to see what could be applicable to applying these sentient factors and essential factors to developing an emotional relationship with your phone. The robots I will be looking at are (but not limited to):

  1. Neo
  2. Pepper
  3. QRIO
  4. AIBO
  5. iCat

I will also look at fiction robots such as CP30 and R2D2 from Star Wars, Hal 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey, Holly and Kryten from Red Dwarf , the Terminator, to analyse functions that are missing in real life.

I have already began building a list of functions that could apply to my sentient phone, what would improve the sentience of the relationship, positives and negatives.

The aspect of privacy is a huge deal, the phone would essentially be…

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Would you turn off life support?

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When we consider our relationship with technology, it is us that holds the ability to have emotional attachments and feelings. We see technology as a tool. But how would we feel if technology had feelings?

You could say technology is a slave to us: it has no say, no feelings, no emotions, and does as we want at our perusal. But what if it could react to us? Say, when we yell at our devices for not working, when we lose something, how would it make us feel if we thought our technologies react to us?

I would be interested in creating a study of human reactions to artificially-created emotional relationships between human and technology. If robots could react to us, would we start treating them as valuable life? What if we did whatever it takes to keep our devices alive? For example, you have a phone, you’ve had it for years, it starts mucking up…

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