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The Existential Robot: Living with Robots May Teach Us to Be Better Humans

By Julie Carpenter

Human–robot interaction researcher

We are among the first humans to be regularly living and working with robots. What do we expect from our new robot companions?

Some people have interactions with robots every day, but many of us have never seen a robot in person. In the near future, people will be more likely to interact with many kinds of robots daily in roles like personal caregiver, household help, and assistants in firefighting, security and healthcare tasks. Socially, people may interact with robots in many different ways.

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