Apr 14, 2014 · 7:00 PM
This topic was inspired by parts the following NPR TED Radio Hour: http://www.npr.org/2013/02/25/172900833/do-we-need-humans
As technology improves and can do many things that we needed other humans (and animal relatives) for, what implications are there for the "human" experience?
Robot fitness coaches work well and inspire people to work harder. Some people replace pets with Robots. Robots can sooth and nurture babies. Robots have successfully"listened and sympathized" with the concerns of the elderly and impaired. Do humanists need Humans? When is this substitution good, bad, scary? What might improving technology mean for us and future generations?