Should We Embed Pain into Robots?

Shelby Rogers

This short documentary from Cambridge University dives deeper into a question science (and pop culture) has asked itself for decades. Should robots be programmed or created to feel pain?

Many robotics specialists would say "yes," as such sensors could keep robots away from situations or end points which would damage the machine.

However, physiologists and some engineers note that with pain comes an emotional correlation of negative feelings. So if robots are to feel pain, would they also have to feel the corresponding emotion? Technological limitation aside, would you want an empathetic robot?

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