This clip of two robots interacting with each other is both hilarious and disturbing. Hilarious because what they are saying is “not computing”, disturbing because it is not that far from how a lot of our conversations go. We either don’t listen, or we interpret what we hear through our own filters, even when the speaker reflects back that they have been misheard.
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I love the video because it stimulates so many avenues of thought to explore. Here are just a few:
- What about human conversation, high quality human conversation – is different from this one?
- What gift does conversation hold for us?
- What if your life depended on completely understanding the next thing someone said to you? Would you listen differently? What would you bring to the listening besides your ears?
Good to ponder:
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia