Gopnik Turkle essay Robotic and emotions

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Robotic Emotions Time will inevitably affects the way we view the world around us. As time moves on so to does ones opinions and views on the world around. Transitioning through age also affects our view on reality. In Alison Gopnik’s “Possible Worlds: Why Do Children Pretend?” she shows us the difference between how children and adults perceive things. At the same time in Sherry Turkle’s “Alone Together” we are shown how growing technology affects are views on reality. When one combines the ideas of both Turkle and Gopnik, they see a correlation between technology’s growing influence and the rate at which your view of reality changes. Turkle reveals how a gap in age might affect a changing view of reality. During a trip to the…show more content…
Moreover Gopnik builds on this observation and connects in to counterfactual thinking. They are the “Woulda-coulda-Shouldas of life” as Gopnik explains. These counterfactuals later turn into children’s pretend play time. Gopnik suggests that “Pretending involves a kind of present counterfactual thinking—imagining the way things might be different”. These imaginative play times give birth to a new world, or different reality. They alter the way we perceive the world and as time goes on this part in our life fades. At the same Turkle introduces us to Miriam, an elderly woman in a nursing home. As a form of comfort she is given Paro, a robot in the form of a baby seal. Paro is used to stabilize Miriam’s emotional instability after her relationship with her son was broken up. Turkle states “On this day she is particularly depresses and believes that the robot is depressed as well… Miriam’s tender touch triggers a warm response in Paro…Encouraged, Miriam shows yet more affection for the little robot. In attempting to provide the comfort she believes it needs, she comforts herself”. This sociable robot not only brings back that pretend time in a child’s life, but raises the question of the effects of a sociable robot. Not only that, these sociable robots inadvertently change the way we view reality around. In today society what was once taboo like talking to an inanimate object is now acceptable because of new technology. Even the

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