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What the evidence suggests, therefore, is that anthropomorphic objects can affect how much social support people who feel excluded anticipate needing in the near future.

If fairly basic anthropomorphic objects can have such a powerful impact on our sense of social well-being, then truly sophisticated ones — robots that make Siri and Google Assistant seem downright primitive — can be expected to have a greater hold over us, especially younger children who “struggle” with distinguishing between lifelike robots and living beings.

Prof. Philosophy at RIT. Latest book: “Re-Engineering Humanity.” Bylines everywhere.

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