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Originally posted by wecomeinpeace
Popular theory states that all emotions are merely the brain's chemical and electrical responses to perceived stimuli.
Imagine this scenario:
You have found the man/woman of your dreams. He/she is faithful, caring, attractive, loving, whatever - everything that you ever wanted in a partner. You live with this person happily for ten years. And then you discover that your dream guy/girl is actually an android with very advanced, yet still simulated emotions and coded responses. You were the first in an android-human emotional interaction experiment. Will knowing this change your feelings? Will you suddenly feel nothing? Will you upgrade to the next model with the exact same programming but better warranty if given the choice? We all love our cars, but when that shiny new model comes out with better fuel injection and the sleek bodywork, well...
You are lonely and never had a stable, loving relationship. Then a new humanoid robot comes on the market. This android will be everything that you ever desired, emotionally and physically. Would you buy one? Would you ever be able to love "him/her"? If your neighbor ran him/her with their car, would you feel the loss of a loved one or that of a possession, knowing that you can always buy another one?
Originally posted by quango
If you were seeking companionship and not just a machine to do certain tasks, I don't think upgrading would be an improvement.
Originally posted by instar...It would have to...have all basic human function including uination/defecation/eating/drinking/sweating/body odour etc and then would it matter anyway?...If they could even do that and have such human emotional responses that you couldnt tell, then to all intents they are human.
Originally posted by bornlazy
Anyways my point is i could see alot of people moving past the fact that the Bot aint a real person, but it that would only be on the surface, deep down inside you would probably have all sorts of confusing emotions for a long time.
Originally posted by bordnlazy
I remember knowing a gentleman a couple of years ago that fell in love with this girl, moved in with her, lived together for six months and then found out it was a DUDE!!!!!!!!! I'm not kidding either, all i can say is the guy ended up pretty F-uped in the head, by the time i met him ,he was living in a homeless shelter, and wasn't exactly living on planet earth. He said he was in love though, that he didn't care. Anyways my point is i could see alot of people moving past the fact that the Bot aint a real person, but it that would only be on the surface, deep down inside you would probably have all sorts of confusing emotions for a long time.
Originally posted by Seekerof
Artificial Intelligence: Could You Love a Robot?
Dude, if she looked and acted like the one on SciFi's Battlestar Galactica, you bet I could and would.