Dr. Kate Darling's TED Talk: Robots & Our Emotions


We're far from developing robots that feel emotions, but we already have feelings towards them, says robot ethicist Dr. Kate Darling, and an instinct like that can have consequences. Learn more about how we're biologically hardwired to project intent and life onto machines—and how it might help us better understand ourselves.

In this video, Dr. Darling, an MIT Media Lab Research Specialist, takes the TED stage to talk about why we love our Roombas robots and how we build these emotional connections with robots. 

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A leading expert in robot ethics, Dr. Kate Darling is a research scientist at the MIT Media Lab, where she investigates social robotics and conducts experimental studies on human-robot interaction. Forever interested in how technology intersects with society, Kate has a background in law & economics and intellectual property, she explores the emotional connection between people and life-like machines, seeking to influence technology design and policy direction. Her writing and research anticipate difficult questions that lawmakers, engineers, and the wider public will need to address as human-robot relationships evolve in the coming decades. Dr. Darling’s work has been featured in international media, and she has authored multiple academic publications and contributed to industry publications from Vogue to Die Zeit to the BBC, and in 2017, the American Bar Association honored her legal work with the Mark T. Banner Award in Intellectual Property.