Robots and machines are becoming more humanlike—“feeling” pain, scheduling appointments and opening doors. I’m a tech reporter covering the future of society as machines become more like us. AMA!
For the past few months, I’ve been working on a story looking at the other side of the uncanny valley —otherwise known as the concept in which we feel uncomfortable when we can’t figure out if something is human or machine.
Sometimes we forget the gadgets we talk to at home aren’t tethered to a real person somewhere with a headset in a cubicle. Google Duplex is already arguably indistinguishable from a human voice—and assistants like this are only going to get more human. So what happens when we can’t tell anymore? How does that change our relationship? How do we coexist? And what happens five to 20 years from now when they’re smarter than us?