Bringing a loved one back from the dead, in the series Black Mirror it just happens. A robot replaces the deceased man to give the widow the feeling that she is not alone. This causes uncomfortable situations: the robot ‘sleeps’ with its eyes open and physical contact feels different than with a human being. The replacement fails. In the real world, too, people are experimenting to make robots as humane as possible: Chatbots that attempt to read emotions, robots that look so much like people in terms of appearance, that it is scary. The techniques for this are becoming faster, better and more powerful. Robots are taking on more and more tasks. The big question that keeps coming back is: how will robots and humans live side by side in the future? And can you love a robot?

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Author profile picture Milan Lenters is a writer and editor. Through IO, he got to know his native city Eindhoven in a different way and sometimes looks with amazement at the many stories that lie ahead.