Robots

The day in class after reading Jerome Groopman’s Robots That Care was one of my favorite classes that we had this semester. The first thing that I enjoyed about that class was the article. I thought that it was easy to read, and I was interested in learning more about robot technology, especially when it involves the medical field. I liked that class more than any of the other class because that day we had two discussions, and one major one. The first discussion was during our check in. We went around the room and said whether or we feel robots would be better for physical therapy. All most even person said yes, but I do don’t agree. After working in a hospital for over a year, and having over two years of clinical, I can say first hand that robots used for PT (physical therapy) is a bad idea. I like people and I love working with people, but people are lazy. There is no way that a person is going to sit down and actually do the PT with a robot. It is not just the fact the people are lazy, but most of the time if someone need physical therapy it is because they need help performing a daily activity that they cannot complete on their own. Physical therapy is hard work and it is easier to just say, “forget it” and not do what is needed. That is what having a robot and not an actual person will not work. With a robot you can hide, it is easy to hide it in the closet, but a person you cannot. Having a physical therapist opposed to a robot keeps the patient accountable. The main discussion that took place was whether or not robots can have real emotion. Some people said yes, but the answer is no. Real emotion comes from the person’s brain. It is a combination of chemicals that are released from that person endocrine system. On top of the chemicals that cause emotion, emotion is formed around the way a person was natured and nurtured. Many on the emotions that people feel are because of the events and daily activities that they faced. Not everyone has the same emotion, because everyone’s life experiences are different. If someone’s family member were to die the proper response you would expect is sadness, maybe anger, but what if a person feels happiness and relieve. Maybe their family member had cancer and was in constant pain, so when they pasted, one family member was happy and one was sad. True emotion comes from a mixture of chemicals and life experiences. A robot may have feeling but they can never be genuine because a robot does not have an endocrine system, and does not have life experiences. The robot only knows what it is programmed to think, and the fact it cannot think on its own, further agrees with my argument that their feeling cannot be real. Even if a robot were to be programmed with memories of life experiences and programmed to feel emotions based on those experience, the robot would still not have real emotions. Since the memories are not the robot’s “real” memories the emotions that follow in return would not be the robots “real” feeling. There is no scenario that would allow a robot to actually have real or genuine feelings.

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