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Man and Robot: where will the story end?

20 June 2013

They can already perform operations, provide companionship and fight wars. But should robots be given the power of thought? And rights?

They can already perform operations, provide companionship and fight wars. But should robots be given the power of thought? And rights?

There are three of us in the laboratory: Jules, me and Dr Ute Leonards. Leonards asks me to sit in front of Jules. As I do, he looks me in the eye and starts to move his face through a gurning retinue of emotions – happy, confused, surprised, scowling. I’m gripped by his display, feeling delight when he grins and insulted caution when his eyes narrow angrily. None of this would be a surprise, of course, if Jules were a human. But he’s a robot head on a table.

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