Social and Emotional Robots: Useful Artificial Intelligence in the Absence of Consciousness
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Artificial intelligence and robotics are opening up important opportunities in the field of health diagnosis and treatment support with aims like better patient follow-up. A social and emotional robot is an artificially intelligent machine that owes its existence to computer models designed by humans. If it has been programmed to engage in dialogue, detect and recognize emotional and conversational cues, adapt to humans, or even simulate humor, such a machine may on the surface seem friendly. However, such emotional simulation must not hide the fact that the machine has no consciousness.