How human do we want our robots to be?

How Human Do We Want Our Robots to Be?

How Human Do We Want Our Robots to Be?

Future Tense
The Citizen's Guide to the Future
Jan. 5 2016 12:57 PM

How Human Do We Want Our Robots to Be?

Neil deGrasse Tyson and Pepper, a social humanoid robot fromAldebaran and SoftBank, fist bump as they speak during the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting, Sept. 28, 2015.

Photo by Joshua Lott/AFP/Getty Images

Robots are starting to look suspiciously familiar. Increasingly sophisticated robots designed to resemble us are striking up more and more symbiotic relationships with humans, at home as our companions and at our workplaces as colleagues.

Human-robot interactions will continue to evolve as robotic technology transforms the way we see our creations and the way they react to us. But as machines cease acting like machines and become more integrated into our lives, how will we feel about them? And, dare we ask, how will they feel about us?


Join Future Tense in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Jan. 20 at noon to explore the future of human robot interaction. Lunch will be provided; bring your own robot.

For more information and to RSVP, visit the New America website, where the event will also be streamed live.


Patric Verrone
Futurama writer and producer

Woodrow Hartzog
Assistant professor at the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University

Lance Gharavi
Associate professor and assistant director of theater at Arizona State University

Christine Rosen
Future Tense fellow and senior editor, the New Atlantis 

Future Tense is a partnership of SlateNew America, and Arizona State University.