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April 28, 2010

I, (Lego) Robot


At bottom, robotics is about us. It is the discipline of emulating our lives, of wondering how we work.

Rod GRUPEN, Discover Magazine, June 2008

Machines smart enough to do anything for us will probably also be able to do anything with us: go to dinner, own property, compete for sexual partners. They might even have passionate opinions about politics or, like the robots on Battlestar Galactica, even religious beliefs. Some have worried about robot rebellions, but with so many tort lawyers around to apply the brakes, the bigger question is this: Will humanoid machines enrich our social lives, or will they be a new kind of television, destroying our relationships with real humans?

Fred HAPGOOD, Discover Magazine, June 2008

Unless mankind redesigns itself by changing our DNA through altering our genetic makeup, computer-generated robots will take over our world.


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