2019-02-25

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Short & Sweet: Pals for Robots

Robots and AIs have been featuring in a lot of recent SFF, especially stories from the point of view of robots. People say that robot stories help us explore what it means to be human. That can be true, but it's not always helpful. A lot of older robot stories explored labor and workers rights. Other stories featuring robots have explored emotions and morality.

My favorite robot stories explore family and community. Being human by yourself is hard. We need community—and many AIs do, too. AIs allow us to see these aspects of being human from a different angle. These stories are about robots trying to make friends, watch media, and figure out their place in the world. They help us explore what we owe to each other and how we can form connections with others. Read more... )