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Anthropomorphism and AI: Dialing back the fear knob

As humans, we love projecting our emotions on non-human things like animals, objects and weather events. I’m told the psychological term for this is anthropomorphism, which is difficult to say three times super fast. We especially seem to label human-like characteristics for things that we can’t fully understand or have no means of explaining – like my first car had a ‘bedtime’ since it would always break down at 2 a.m. in the middle of nowhere.  

Anthropomorphizing has some helpful secondary effects for us. It allows us to feel more connectedness and empathy, which can result in better treatment toward others. details ⇒

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