Mechanical Love

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Released 2007

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Mechanical Love

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Director:
Phie Ambo
Released:
2007
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Mechanical Love, released in 2007 in Denmark, is a documentary that focuses on relationship dynamics between humans and robots. Director Phie Ambo tells stories about people and robot technology in the context of the human need for love and to be loved, looking at how culture influences acceptance of emotional robots. The documentary is built on the premise that there are insufficient humans to meet the increasing in-home support requirements of an aging population. As robots move from the factory into the home, they will need to learn and express social skills, even love and affection. The film begins in Tokyo with a profile of Japanese professor Hiroshi Ishiguro, who has created a perfect robot clone of himself in an attempt to replicate his human presence. From Japan to Germany to Italy and back to Denmark, the film introduces viewers to examples of human/robot interaction, including a nursing home where interactive robot pets provide therapy. The movie shows extraordinary advances in robot technology, explores potential social benefits and dangers, and examines the role these new robot technologies will have on the definition of what it means to be human.moreless

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