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Why we have an emotional connection to robots | Kate Darling

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We're far from developing robots that feel emotions, but we already have feelings towards them, says robot ethicist Kate Darling, and an instinct like that can have consequences. Learn more about how we're biologically hardwired to project intent and life onto machines -- and how it might help us better understand ourselves. Check out more TED Talks: http://www.ted.com The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. Follow TED on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TEDTalks Like TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/TED
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Ian MacReth (4 days ago)
I'm reminded of an old Twilight Zone episode named "Alicia," about a prisoner on an empty planet is given a female bot as a companion.
Theresu Robin (10 days ago)
I have no connection with robots or Personal assistants but I do talk to my computer sometimes. Strange.
Spooks (15 days ago)
The Spam (26 days ago)
Well, i think if you watch those cars burn out you would cry or those crash test
Plot twist! She is also a robot.
TheDroidBay (1 month ago)
7:23 Beyond the insatiable corporate demand for ever more private data, there is no overarching reason to connect robots to networks. Exposing them to the world wide web is absolutely asking for problems, yet if their function does not require an internet connection, there is no reason to provide one. Updates can and must be done through onsite hardware and technicians. We see robots as humans or as animals, and we want them to be like them. There is no internet connection wired into my dogs brain. There isn't one in my head. If I want new information I have to go and read it, if I want my dog to do something new I teach it. Just because a robot has a computer somewhere in it, does not make it a pc or a smartphone. Don't give them wifi or a LAN port and it will eliminate a whole host of awful problems for very little hassle. I do not care if I wait a few months for new firmware if my robot can do incredible things that improve my life. Also: Give it an off switch.
Alex Horwitz (1 month ago)
I have a question. Is it possible that during the experiment with the five groups playing with the baby dinosaur that perhaps they didn’t all have empathy for the robots, but rather they empathized with a *person* in their group that felt empathy for the robot? For example, if I had a child that was emotionally attached to a teddy bear, I know it’s just a stuffed animal. It’s not real. But if I had to take a hatchet to it, I would hesitate because I’m aware of the emotional attachment my child has for it. Not necessarily because I have empathy for the teddy bear.
I've listened to a plethora of these #TED talks. I find most to not be informative. But to be conjured-up by "Articulate," speaking people, that then go on a nation-wide tour and seemingly have little or no data/statistics to back-up their claims. Very misleading. Such as this. "We have an emotional connection to robots." Well. I have zero emotion when destroying a robot. I do not have long talks, sleep with, nor shower with a robot. Maybe those with "Head," problems do have an emotional connection. Seems this lady watched "Blade Runner," and "Ex-Machina," too many times .
jacobawojtowicz (1 month ago)
Oh God....my cousin married his car. We sent him to therapy. If you cant tell the difference between real and imaginary, look into that. I don't care if you are dating your anime pillow, but don't Ted Talk as if all of humanity has the same headcase.
John King (1 month ago)
Could only watch half way... Compassion is Basic Nature.
asif wifi (1 month ago)
can u plz add english substaitals on the all video
Redflamethrower (1 month ago)
Who else thought she was the robot?
Mae Lin (1 month ago)
Taylor Swift in a TED talk
Awang Budiman (2 months ago)
Why we have an emotional connection to robots. Answer: No we fukin don't.
Rajkumar Wadeyar (2 months ago)
Indians love Chitti the robot (2.0 Reloaded). :3
Sierra Jade (2 months ago)
This was super cool. The fresh take on robots that I've been looking for lol. Edit: she doesn't suggest that we tend to and deepen our connection to robots. She is suggesting that our incline for empathy says something about humanity, questioning what that says and where to go with it. Acknowledging that there IS an emotional connection some people develop will help give us foresight, instead of remaining ignorant to the psychological effects (or consequences)
Player Review (2 months ago)
Somebody obviously watched the film AI
Jasper Trip (2 months ago)
People in the comments need to understand that she didn’t say that YOU specifically have an emotional connection to robots. She’s saying that according to studies she has done there are many people who do, and that it is a normal thing. She has spent 10 years studying this, she probably knows more about it than you do.
Tim_Bouwman (2 months ago)
8dioproductions (2 months ago)
No more kicking Boston Dynamics ... One day AIs will look at us and go like ... Naw ... NEXT!!!
silverhairdemon (2 months ago)
Wow looks like a intelligent handsome lady, but the robot need to have some cute factor for me to feel empathy towards it. just like the few stuffed dolls/animals I have laying around here.
Phong Hoang (2 months ago)
Thank yêu very much
Tidepool Clipper (2 months ago)
I know I sound a bit heartless when I say this; but since robots can't feel emotions yet, I just can't really care for something that doesn't actually provide similar feelings back to me. Merely, it is only doing and showing what is programmed inside it to begin with. Robots can not be called their own person yet.
masterblackthorn (2 months ago)
You might Kate but I don't , because I live in reality, Im not a techno geek
rautermann (2 months ago)
First TED talk to make me cry.
StaringanimE1 (2 months ago)
Hesam Khalilamou (2 months ago)
you should have offered them money, all those robots would have been dead in an instant...
A.E. Daley-Moore (2 months ago)
FLEXCOPE INC. (2 months ago)
What is a robotic ethicist?
Jaime D (2 months ago)
One day a kid who hasn't had a good up bringing is going to treat their robot or Android like crap and it's going to turn on her or him. And the one to be blamed is the machines and not the humans. It's bound to happen. As humans not all of us are as compassionate and caring even the slightest as we should be. Little to people remember though, how much smarter AI and machine is.
Chuck Bryan (2 months ago)
We can train our minds to think better, just as we can train our bodies to perform actions better. Just as an Olympic athlete perfects her/his performance for competition, we can train our minds to perform better in everyday life. This is the focus of Buddhist practice; it works well. So, if we practice empathy, kindness, and compassion toward robots, it will translate to similar behaviors toward people, pets, and other living things. If we were to treat robots in a cruel, unkind way, this would train our minds to act in a similar way toward others. Many people would certainly be able to discern the difference between a robot and a person or animal, but a person's ability to switch behavior, especially in a short period of time (instantaneously), would be challenged. Overall, our minds are quite interesting, and it is a challenge for us to improve our lives though the improvement of our thinking. This was a very enjoyable TED Talk. I have some real thinking to do.
Golden nugget (2 months ago)
That's deep
recex (2 months ago)
While we cannot empathy between people how can we empathy with robots?
Telmo Lourenco (2 months ago)
Weird alright
Alfonso Bernal Jimenez (2 months ago)
Alfonso Bernal Jimenez (2 months ago)
Put subtitles with the birkenbihl method. To learn English. Pongan subtítulos con el método birkenbihl. Para aprender ingles. Mettez les sous-titres avec la méthode birkenbihl. Apprendre l'anglais. Untertitel mit der Birkenbihl-Methode setzen. Englisch lernen. ضع ترجمات مع طريقة birkenbihl. لتعلم الإنجليزية.
Apimpnamedslickback (2 months ago)
https://youtu.be/RNKLuXUh3M4 Seems this robot has feelings
Like A Chef (2 months ago)
Like why would there even be a battlefield to fight in when people even emphasize with robots. Humans are weird
Neo Count (2 months ago)
It won't love you.
Jim Scobie (2 months ago)
Boston Dynamics has a robot. They were testing it by pushing it around and stuff. I was irritated by it and it bothered me. I thought I was weird. Lol
Genius by Design (2 months ago)
Genius by Design (2 months ago)
Maybe General was an idiot or preserving his authority ?
Genius by Design (2 months ago)
maybe she is mentally ILL that per·son·i·fy ?
Iliya Moskvichev (2 months ago)
Ever since the first computers, there have always been ghosts in the machine. Random segments of code that have grouped together to form unexpected protocols. Unanticipated, these free radicals engender questions of free will, creativity, and even the nature of what we might call the soul. Why is it that when some robots are left in darkness, they will seek out the light? Why is it that when robots are stored in an empty space, they will group together, rather than stand alone? How do we explain this behavior? Random segments of code? Or is it something more? When does a perceptual schematic become consciousness? When does a difference engine become the search for truth? When does a personality simulation become the bitter mote... of a soul?
Doctor NPC (2 months ago)
Is this predictive programming?
Ojisan Kukki (2 months ago)
I can explain the army guy: He was obviously a _country-boy_ and subconsciously saw the robot as a big "stickman insect," and as every boy will tell you, stickmen are freaking awesome. So him seeing the robot slowly destroyed was like a kid watching a stickman trying to escape from lizards or birds.
deadboy (2 months ago)
yeaaaah i think this is more of a personal problem Kate, time to find a psychologist
GameSquid (2 months ago)
you all suck. don't connect with robots. sentimental fools. I wouldn't even name a pet if I had one.
Только окончила резаться в Detroit: Become Human. Совпадение?
Event Hʘriךּon (2 months ago)
animal cruelty is used to predict human abuse. I can only imagine being cruel to a robot can be used to test your empathy just the same way.
nuclear kid (2 months ago)
Because you can do whatever you can, and whenever you want and neither will it refuse nor will it judge.
Darksh0t009 (2 months ago)
Sounds like someone fell in love with their vibrator.. jk
Alpha Strength (2 months ago)
This is an awkward topic
Gerson Yamada (2 months ago)
Kaung Myat Thu (2 months ago)
"Violent Video game question question....."? WTF are you talking about.
Foo Ghu (2 months ago)
wait... who told you we have the emotional connection to the robots?
Tatiyana Kholomonova (2 months ago)
its one of the most great videos I studied at Ted... - One of the most important contexts at this time.. - Thank you so much!
WoWBow (2 months ago)
We can love sociopaths, I think a wee electrical dinosaur deserves some love as well
Jack Frost (2 months ago)
What sort of general sends real people into battle knowing that they my die or worse, but feels bad for a bomb disposal robot?
Galip Dönmez (2 months ago)
Before even I watch the video, I'm gonna say why we don't have emotional connections to robots. Because they are THINGS! Objects, items to use. Wow, this one is so out in the open that Captain Obvious would refuse to explain it and yet somebody still felt the need to give an 11 minute speech that contradicts something so obvious. The only time I'd feel sad because of a piece of plastic would be if it was damaged and expensive to replace, not because of subconsciously believing it is a person...
Marvin Elsen (2 months ago)
"The violent video game question"..."Training our cruelty muscles"... it's getting tiresome, yes violent people have an affection towards vioöent games, it's a vent, not a catalyst. The majority of people enjoying violent video games, enjoy video games, the "violent" part is not the focus. Those who play and those who watch the game have two very different experiences. The players engage in realtime problem solving to win a game, they don't think "I need to make that one bleed for the sake of being violent". Also: if a soldier has empathy for a robot, you could argue he is kind, or maybe unprofessional?
Abdulkareem Al-Aradi (2 months ago)
In fact, it has a very wonderful body.
Abdulkareem Al-Aradi (2 months ago)
In fact, she has a very wonderful body
DURMUŞ BAYSAL (2 months ago)
The world has the habit of making room for the man whose words and actions show that he knows where he is going. "Know that the life of this world is but amusement and diversion and adornment and boasting to one another and competition in increase of wealth and children. (The Noble Qur'an. Surah Hadid. Verse:20)" Indeed, Allah orders justice and good conduct and giving to relatives and forbids immorality and bad conduct and oppression. He admonishes you that perhaps you will be reminded. (The Noble Qur'an. Surah An Nahl. Verse:90) Listen to the voice of the Noble Quran. Maybe your life will be changed If God allows. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVY8pwx9B74 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Omh4oG8T_Fw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXWTxB6oS6I
Ryan Vivek (2 months ago)
I have a connection to my car. Does that count. I put my penis in the exhaust pipe.
TicToc RobotSnot (2 months ago)
BoomSnap SnapBoom (2 months ago)
So she is a mentally disabled woman?
CusBro (2 months ago)
Hold up, is that Aloy horizon zero dawn?
Star rider (2 months ago)
She’s wrong
K. David Woolley (2 months ago)
10:24 Has me thinking of those poor hitchhiker bots that eventually meet their violent ends because of some jerk(s). HitchBOT, the hitchhiking robot, gets beheaded in Philadelphia https://www.cnn.com/2015/08/03/us/hitchbot-robot-beheaded-philadelphia-feat/index.html
K. David Woolley (2 months ago)
elliedits.mp4 (2 months ago)
yet we still are dropping bombs on children and their families, deporting people who just want a safe place to live, and letting children murder other children with assault rifles because the 50-year-old white men want to play with them and be able to buy them at Walmart.
one twoinchnipple (2 months ago)
Pretty sure that's a disorder
one twoinchnipple (2 months ago)
Because the title...can't watch
Bargert: 76 (2 months ago)
Yet everyone can step on and kill dozens of ants and not feel a twinge of guilt...
Cathy C (2 months ago)
I'll have an emotional connection to a robot when they develop an affordable one that can do my housework!
Albert Wang (2 months ago)
I am disappointed. This researcher presents more questions than answers, and her research methodology is so... not comprehensive. TED, your speaker quality is going down hill.
J Zelaya (2 months ago)
Check out the Hooters! Zayum.
dooby boody (2 months ago)
People can care about pretty much anything tbh. Toys, cars, robots, even fuckin fictional people( ex. characters)
cesarcdx (2 months ago)
That is mechanical not emotional.
Tychoxi (2 months ago)
You have obviously.
Mr DFK (2 months ago)
How about why people are emotionally attached to animals?
Sebir havuz (2 months ago)
If this ideology continues to separate like this you can go to jail because of damaging your vacuum cleaner...We want justice for the vacuum cleaners .whatever :p
FabledDan (2 months ago)
I feel like this axe experiment has nothing to do with people feeling connection to robots and more about being a pointless display of violence.
Bossman CALL (2 months ago)
Hmm, I think women have a connection with whatever enters their vaginas. Regardless of it's origin, be it robotic, edible, or human.
Carlos Mendoza (2 months ago)
I always say thank you to Siri
GreenM&M_11 (2 months ago)
This is hauntingly..... true.
georules (2 months ago)
speak for yourself. I have no emotional connection to any robots.
GuitarZombie (2 months ago)
A M (2 months ago)
Emotional connection to a robot???? Its a tool not a person. They are not feeling, living things. Thats like falling in love with a hammer.
Descamps Etienne (2 months ago)
Have you even paid attention to what she said at all ?
Ror (2 months ago)
Reminds me of Battlestar Galactica x).
MrTruth111 (2 months ago)
NO I don't feel a thing for my RealDoll.
Sinky (2 months ago)
I'm not surprised she's a mother, what guy could say no?
Courteous Corgi (2 months ago)
People who do not own a Roomba are unable to understand.
Victor Nguyen (5 days ago)
+Awakened2Truth - Disciple of Jesus the Christ Okay. You're more experienced than me. So what? How does the fact that you're older than me prove that I didn't have the love of my family I deserved?
+Victor Nguyen Because your own reply reveals it to us who are older and much more experienced in life on such matters, you basically revealed it yourself.
Victor Nguyen (5 days ago)
+Awakened2Truth - Disciple of Jesus the Christ and based on what did you jump to that conclusion?
+Courteous Corgi ... what a sad life you have, you need to find real love in real people, not machines. +Victor Nguyen You basically showed you never got the love from your family you deserved.
Victor Nguyen (1 month ago)
I dont even have a robot in my house and i havent even interacted with one and now i almost cry to this video especially at the end. Whats your excuse?
N O (2 months ago)
Empathy is not a stagnant consistent factor. How one treats a robot has NOTHING to do with their humanity and everything to do with their intelligence to separate life from non life mentally. People who treat them consistently are probably emotionally under developed.
AWARHERO (2 months ago)
Now, where is that hatchet again?
Emanuela Davis (2 months ago)
I want BB 8 LOL
Hurbii (2 months ago)
I wanna be connected to this presenter ;)
David Kinsella (2 months ago)
Sexy voice.
Dev Guy (2 months ago)
this person is really the most dumb down cattle, yes let's worship the robots!
John Dough (2 months ago)
Love the robot first so the robot can love!
MrChet407 (2 months ago)
Cause I don't want it to break and not work

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