What Happens When Soldiers Get Attached to Their Robots?

leiaThere’s an interesting article at Medical News Today about the phenomenon of soldiers become emotionally attached to the robots they use in combat.

Via Medical News Today:

It’s becoming more common to have robots sub in for humans to do dirty or sometimes dangerous work. But researchers are finding that in some cases, people have started to treat robots like pets, friends, or even as an extension of themselves. That raises the question, if a soldier attaches human or animal-like characteristics to a field robot, can it affect how they use the robot? What if they “care” too much about the robot to send it into a dangerous situation?

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  • Ted Heistman

    Make ‘em smarter than most people then everyone will hate ‘em.

  • marshall

    I think it might be the same attachment that a soldier has with his weapon, this isn’t that strange.

  • BuzzCoastin

    cyborgs love their cousin botz
    who woulda thunk it

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    it doesnt sound any different than people doing the same thing to cars. Hell, i’d probably get a little sad if my computer was “sick”.

  • Haystack

    Soldiers relate to robots, you say?

  • Dingbert

    Particularly unpleasant second-degree burns.

    • marshall

      ….or some bad carbon scoring.