CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

Can Humans and Robots Be Friends?

Department

Department of History and Political Science

Publication Date

2-2018

Publication Title

Dialogue and Universalism: International Society for Universal Dialogue

ISSN

1234-5792

Volume

2018

Issue/No.

2

First Page

49

Last Page

64

Abstract

This essay engages the question whether it makes sense to talk about friendship between human beings and robots. Encountering the question of human and robot friendship, many might initially dismiss the possibility of such relationships out of hand. But such dismissals, it seems, based solely on the basis of species membership, are nothing more than unjustifiable speciesism. Mitias’s analysis of friendship is helpful, but makes the conditions for friendship demanding. Nevertheless, his framework implies that human and robot friendships are possible.

DOI

10.5840/du201828224

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