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Two girls sit in a college dorm room. One (Stephanie) is on her bed studying for a test. Her roommate (Anne) is sitting at her desk on the computer watching a video about how robots can be programmed to learn how to walk. Anne: Oh man, Stephanie, look at this, it's crazy! Stephanie looks across the small dorm room at the computer while the video plays again. She seems unimpressed. Anne: Isn't that amazing? It's just one step closer until we won't be able to tell humans and robots apart! Stephanie: Yeah, except that it's never going to happen, it's impossible. Anne: How do you figure? Stephanie: Well, for one, it's pretty technologically impossible. It would require massive amounts of advanced technology and intelligence. There is no way that in 10 years, 100 years into the future that human society will have the technology and know how to make robots with human level feelings and intelligence. It's just like how in the past, like in the 40's and 50's people thought that we would have all sorts of crazy stuff by now! They thought we'd have floating cities, and flying cars! Even in the 80's we thought we would have a hover board by now! But the problem was that people in the past vastly over-estimated the technology that would be available now, they thought we would be way farther along than we are. We also know now that many of the things that people back then though we would have are actually impossible, like FTL travel, and time travel. We now know that these things are simply impossible, the technology to make it just isn't possible. It's the same with robots, we don't know if it's even possible to have that advanced of technology, we could be like the people in the past, thinking we're going to have these wonderful, amazi... ... middle of paper ... ...n the future. Who are we to say that scientists won't be able to come up with a way to infuse electrical with organic? Maybe robots will be able to bleed, and to cry. Maybe it will be possible to infuse the chemicals with the electrical signals the micro chip sends to the wires. We just don't know what will be available in the future. But all in all, there is no reason that robots shouldn't be able to be able to feel on a human level, and if that's the case, then they are definitely people. Stephanie: You do realize that we are talking about robots right? We don't even know if they themselves are possible, so why argue about it!? Anne: Because it's fun? Stephanie: Ugh, I am so done, you dork. Anne: Hey, you're the one that argued back. Stephanie goes back to studying. Anne continues to goof off on the internet. It's no flying car, but it's still pretty awesome.
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