1. Is it OK to torture or "murder" a robot? (BBC)

    Until recently, the idea of robot rights had been left to the realms of science fiction. Perhaps that’s because the real machines surrounding us have been relatively unsophisticated. Nobody feels bad about chucking away a toaster or a remote-control toy car. Yet the arrival of social robots changes that. They display autonomous behaviour, show intent and embody familiar forms like pets or humanoids, says Darling. In other words, they act as if they are alive. It triggers our emotions, and often we can’t help it.” 

  2. The Innovation of Loneliness (by Shimi Cohen)

    Very well-illustrated.

    This is inspired and based on Sherry Turkle’s Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less From Each Other.

  3. How Nuance is building a digital persona that loves you | PCWorld

    Nuance is placing priorities on persona and emotional connection. It’s fine drawing on third parties for some databases.

  4. Aziz Ansari Signs to Write a Book on Modern Romance - NYTimes.com

    I quoted him in a 38-page paper about this topic in college. Looking forward to the book— humor can bring out some good points on this.

  5. Zuckerberg Internet Plan - Business Insider

    Faceboook says it wants to get 5 billion more people online. That’s certainly in Facebook’s favor, but the anthropology major in me has to pose a question: do you think it is in the interest of those 5 billion more people as well? Will they want it? Should they?

    Just curious where you fall.