How Human Do We Want Our Robots to Be?


Robots are starting to look suspiciously familiar. Increasingly sophisticated robots designed to resemble us are striking up more and more symbiotic relationships with humans, at home as our companions, and at our workplaces as colleagues.

Human-robot interactions will continue to evolve as robotic technology transforms the way we see our creations, and the way they react to us. But as machines cease acting like machines and become more integrated into our lives, how will we feel about them? And, dare we ask, how will they feel about us?

Join Future Tense for lunch in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, January 20th to explore the future of human robot interaction. Follow the discussion online using #HumanRobots and follow us @FutureTenseNow


Patric Verrone
Writer and producer of Futurama

Woodrow Hartzog
Assistant Professor at the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University 

Lance Gharavi
Associate Professor and Assistant Director of Theatre at Arizona State University

Christine Rosen
Future Tense Fellow and Senior Editor, The New Atlantis


Lily Hay Newman
Lead Future Tense blogger, Slate

Future Tense is a partnership of Arizona State University, New America and Slate.