Do I love you, robot, do I?

Documentary film, 56 min., 16 +

The date of release: 2021

Director: Julia Kiseleva

Anthropomorphic robots are increasingly being introduced into our lives: they meet us at the reception, educate children and even live in families as partners. Scientists are trying to make robots as human-like as possible. In the late 80s, scientists studying the emotional reaction of people to robots discovered the “uncanny valley effect”: the most humanoid robots caused dislike and even fear in people. But what will happen when they become indistinguishable from a person? And will they?

Trailer

Imagine that you have an anthropomorphic robot with an artificial neural network and a human appearance. We do not know if it has conscious and comprehends its actions. Perhaps it can even explain its emotions. We will not be able to understand if it is deceiving us. As in the famous China Room experiment, we will never know if a machine thinks or imitates thinking.

How to understand that we are facing a robot, not a human? What are scientists doing to make the robot a full-fledged companion? Why they invent an anthropomorphic robot?

One of our protagonists  is a cyborg. He feels good only after charging his neurostimulator. Another protagonists lives with a synthetic woman. Where is the border between a robot and a human?

The purpose of the film is not only to tell about advanced technologies, but also to ask philosophical questions.