Mind Set Daily – November 19, 2013

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Do We Live in the Matrix?“Do We Live in the Matrix?”

Tests could reveal whether we are part of a giant computer simulation — but the real question is if we want to know…

In the 1999 sci-fi classic The Matrix, the protagonist, Neo, is stunned to see people defying the laws of physics, running up walls and vanishing suddenly. These superhuman violations of the rules of the universe are possible because, unbeknownst to him, Neo’s consciousness is embedded in the Matrix, a virtual-reality simulation.

Physicists can now offer us the same choice, the ability to test whether we live in our own virtual Matrix, by studying radiation from space. As fanciful as it sounds, some philosophers have long argued that we’re actually more likely to be artificial intelligences trapped in a fake universe than we are organic minds in the “real” one.

So should we say yes to the offer to take the red pill and learn the truth — or are the implications too disturbing? Just think about it…

Robo Friends - The Emotional Distance Between Humans and Robots is Shrinking“Robo-Friends: The Emotional Distance Between Humans And Robots Is Shrinking”

As robots advance, it’s going to get harder and harder for people to remain detached.

Roombas are basically extremely smart vacuum cleaners, but to some owners they start to feel like pets or friends.

As more advanced robots enter more parts of our lives, especially in the workplace, there could be growing emotional and psychological consequences for their human caretakers.

Listen to this episode to find out more!

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