Terminator Salvation: Our Romance with Robots

Real life vs pop culture views of robot-human relationships

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Terminator Salvation, the fourth installment of the Terminator franchise, hits theaters today. The film takes place in 2018, an apocalyptic world where humans are outnumbered by machines— hulking robots, the size of skyscrapers, with a penchant for wiping out mankind. And don't even get us started on SkyNet. But what about year 2009? For a reality check on human-robot relations, we are joined Sherry Turkle. She is a professor of Science, Technology and Society and MIT, where she is also the founder and director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. She is an author of numerous books, among them is her latest title, Simulation and Its Discontents.

What else can a robot do for you?
Provide care for the elderly
Play the violin
Tailor a suit for Woody Allen
Delicately package things
Provide endless entertainment


Sherry Turkle

Hosted by:

Katherine Lanpher


Chelsea Merz

Comments [2]


How about a robot that can house my gymnast of a baby for the rest of my pregnancy? Oh, and then give birth to him?

May. 21 2009 09:24 AM

Now that I'm cutting back on visits to the salon, I'd give anything for a robot that could blow out my hair and give me manicures & pedicures!!

May. 21 2009 09:11 AM

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