Monday, January 28, 2013

Fascinating Article on Our Relationships with Our Machines

This morning on the way to school I heard a story on NPR about the relationship humans have with their machines titled, No Mercy For Robots: Experiment Tests How Humans Relate To Machines.  A brief summary of the article is that all societies have a system of reciprocity, meaning if you do something nice for me, I will feel inclined to do something nice for you.  A few scientists were wondering how this might translate to our ever increasing relationships with our machines.  I will let you read the full article for the details, but what struck me was the impact this research has on education.  If we agree that we do have a relationship with our machines and we are ascribing them with a certain degree of human characteristics, it is important that we as educators pay attention to these findings, and also that we work with our students to help them understand their relationship with their machines.  What really got me thinking is how we can use this idea of a system of reciprocity that it seems we are transferring to our machines and how we can use that to teach our students to better care for and be more mindful of their engagement with electronics.  This may also open new doors for our creative students to improve the way we interact with our machines.


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