Thursday, April 26, 2012

Alone Together

Sherry Turkle,

I can say that I agree with everything that you are saying in your article.  Robots are something that we used to look at as something of the future.  It is scary to know we have reached the “future” and robots are among us.  I agree with you that using robots to replace a romantic partner is ridiculous.   Though I can see the benefits of using a robot as a companion, but going as far to have sex with it is not only disgusting, it is outlandish.  I could never understand why some people would willingly purchase a robot as a romantic partner when there are millions of people that can provide more than a computer in the form of a human.  On the other hand, I can see it being beneficial to the elderly especially when they were lonely in nursing homes.  Though I feel that they still need human interaction and the affection that they are seeking from a real person, this may be a temporary replacement. 

            The whole fact that technology has taken over our lives is completely true.  It is almost impossible to not see someone on the buses on campus not on their cell phone or listening to their iPods.  Now that iPhones have become more popular than Blackberries, we are constantly iMessaging and playing games with one another on the countless games applications.  Talking on the phone and face-to-face communication can decreases as a result but this is the generation that we have grown up and it has just become something of the norm.  It crazy to know that technology has taken over our lives when 30 years ago people only communicated through the telephone.  How times have changed!

Kelly Myers

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