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…
A New York Times reporter stated after visiting MIT that:
Love and sex is earnest in its predictions about where people and robots will find themselves by mid-century:” Love with robots will be as normal as love with other humans, while the number of sexual acts and lovemaking positions commonly practiced between humans will be extended as robots will teach more than is in all of the world’s published sex manuals combined.
With this we see how our views are changing before us. What was taboo is now acceptable. Turkle explains earlier in the section “I believe that in our culture of simulation, the notion of authenticity is for us what sex for the Victorians— threat and obsession, taboo and fascination”. Turkle is explaining that the way we look at authenticity is changing since sociable robots and how luring our fascination with the taboo can be. The lure to the taboo is what inspires change in our views of reality. At the same time Gopnik talks about how children would talk to their dolls knowing that it was inanimate yet still find it fun. However Gopnik tells us this was not always believed to be the case. Both Sigmund Freud and Jean Piaget came to the conclusion that “young children are unable to discriminate between fiction and truth, pretense and reality, fantasy and fact”. This however has widely been proven untrue. Gopnik also explains that “If, for example, someone[Adult] with wild hair and a sparkly cloak around her