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"From the Ted Talk by Kate Darling: Why we have an emotional connection to robots"

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In 2007, the Washington Post reported that the uentid States military was testing this robot that defused land mines. And the way it wokred was it was shaped like a sctik insect and it would walk around a mfeieilnd on its legs, and every time it stepped on a mine, one of the legs would blow up, and it would continue on the other legs to blow up more mines. And the colonel who was in craghe of this testing exercise ends up calling it off, because, he says, it's too inhumane to watch this dmagead robot drag itself along the minefield. Now, what would cause a hardened military officer and someone like myself to have this response to robots?

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In 2007, the Washington Post reported that the ______ States military was testing this robot that defused land mines. And the way it ______ was it was shaped like a _____ insect and it would walk around a _________ on its legs, and every time it stepped on a mine, one of the legs would blow up, and it would continue on the other legs to blow up more mines. And the colonel who was in ______ of this testing exercise ends up calling it off, because, he says, it's too inhumane to watch this _______ robot drag itself along the minefield. Now, what would cause a hardened military officer and someone like myself to have this response to robots?

Solution

  1. charge
  2. minefield
  3. stick
  4. damaged
  5. united
  6. worked

Original Text

In 2007, the Washington Post reported that the United States military was testing this robot that defused land mines. And the way it worked was it was shaped like a stick insect and it would walk around a minefield on its legs, and every time it stepped on a mine, one of the legs would blow up, and it would continue on the other legs to blow up more mines. And the colonel who was in charge of this testing exercise ends up calling it off, because, he says, it's too inhumane to watch this damaged robot drag itself along the minefield. Now, what would cause a hardened military officer and someone like myself to have this response to robots?

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