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When asked the question how they think of robots western people are rather reluctant, even a little scared. In Japan it’s completely the opposite, the Japanese love robots. In Japan, all objects – robots as well – have a ‘soul’. This means that in Japan intelligent robots will be accepted much easier than in the West. This VPRO Backlight investigates the frameworks that determine the boundaries of how we see smart and social robots.
American philosopher Daniel Dennett, Dutch social robotics professor Vanessa Evers and Naho Kitano is CEO of a company that designs ‘snake robots’ give their view on the human robot.
How scared do we actually have to be for smart and social robots?