Robot Funerals Reflect Our Humanity (Discover Magazine)

An AIBO robot dog. Credit: Sony Corporation

An AIBO robot dog. Credit: Sony Corporation

A Japanese funeral service held for broken AIBO robot dogs may seem strange in the eyes of many Westerners. Owners of AIBOs often treat their robots as beloved pets and family members rather than just machines—an openness that arises in part from Japan’s cultural attitudes toward robots. But the robot funeral also reflects more universal tendencies of human psychology that go beyond Japanese culture. READ MORE HERE

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