In our own lives, several times in a typical day we are confronted with situations where we have to tell a white lie. If people ask us how do they look, we often dare not tell the truth. White lies, in fact, are like a grease which makes society run smoothly. If we are suddenly forced to tell the whole truth (like Jim Carrey in Liar, Liar) we most likely wind up creating chaos and hurting people. People would be insulted if you told them what they really looked like or how you really felt. Bosses will fire you. Lovers will dump you. Friends will abandon you. Strangers will slap you. Some thoughts are better kept confidential.
In the same way, robots may have to learn how to lie or conceal the truth, or else they wind up offending people and being decommissioned by their owners.
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