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Is there such a thing as cruelty to robots?

Do you believe in robot rights?  Well some people do, and they are quite passionate about it. In fact there is an entire organization devoted to this cause, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Robots (established in 1999), and its members believe that robots have rights equal to humans.  While it may

Robot Programmed to Fall in Love with a Girl Goes too Far

UPDATE: this story has now been updated. See more below. Researchers at Toshiba’s Akimu Robotic Research Institute were thrilled ten months ago when they successfully programmed Kenji, a third generation humanoid robot, to convincingly emulate certain human emotions. At the time, they even claimed that Kenji was capable of the robot equivalent of love. Now,