If We Care For Robots, Who Will Care For Us?

Embracing AI will leave us empty-handed.

Robot Photo by Alex Knight on Unsplash (The one I “met” was a different model.)
Robot Photo by Franck V. on Unsplash
A conversation with the ELIZA chatbot. Public domain.
Kid with robot Photo by Andy Kelly on Unsplash
Sitting Robot Photo by Erhan Astam on Unsplash
Paro the robot seal with creator Dr. Takanori Shibata Geraldshields11 [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]
Gatebox — Promotion Movie “OKAERI” on YouTube with English subtitles

If I knew this robot didn’t have feelings, why was I trying to negotiate with it? Why was I trying to console it?

You are strong! You are clever! You are enough!

Empathy for the win! Published in Gen, Human Parts, Heated, Tenderly —Feminism, Sexuality, Veganism, Anti-Racism, Parenting. She/They darcyreeder.substack.com

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