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Comments on Robotic Rat Bully Aids Depression Research
'...they called it an Aggressive Menace, but by then it was too late.'- Harlan Ellison, 1967. (Read the complete story)

"i wonder if any of the researchers thought about whether it was a good idea to create robots that bully mammals. OTOH, maybe any race of hominids that creates machines to bully other species deserves whatever it gets."
( 2/27/2013 7:09:15 AM)
"Blaming the race for the actions of individuals are we?"
(Peter Jacobs 2/27/2013 2:53:53 PM)
"Sometimes, robots get depressed, too. Here's an excerpt about a robot cab driver from 'A Present for Pat', a 1952 short story by Philip K. Dick:
"Robots have no wives," the driver said. "They are nonsexual. Robots have no friends, either. They are incapable of emotional relationships."
"Can robots be fired?"
"Sometimes." The robot drew his cab up before Eric's modest six-room bungalow. "But consider. Robots are frequently melted down and new robots made from the remains. Recall Ibsen's Peer Gynt, the section concerning the Button Molder. The lines clearly anticipate in symbolic form the trauma of robots to come."
"Yeah." The door opened and Eric got out. "I guess we all have our problems."
"Robots have worse problems than anybody." The door shut and the cab zipped off, back down the hill.
"
(Bill Christensen 2/28/2013 8:15:19 AM)

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