Can Artificial Intelligence Express Empathy If Programmed To?

The future of modern technology is voice-activated technology. You don’t have to look far to see examples like Siri, Cortana, and Google Home revolutionizing the way we harness technology in our daily lives. But can they ever replace a human? Well, in a very interesting development, a few robotics companies are now in the process of programming artificial intelligence to show empathy, or at least emit empathetic responses to situations. But how can a robot show empathy?

Dr Pascal Molenberghs, a social neurologist at the University of Melbourne, joined The Daily to talk about the social and psychological possibilities of this.

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