Roboticists Discuss When Robots Should Look and Act Like Humans

Published by , December 21, 2015 11:10 am

(ZDNet.com) — Roboticists face an unusual question: When should robots look and act like humans? Seven robotics experts provide guidelines on whether robots need or should have human qualities and appearances.

Briefly, their guidelines explain:
1) Some human qualities can be useful, but there are limits.
2) It depends on the application — social features make robots easier to relate to.
3) Humanoid-looking robots work best in environments built for humans.
4) Humans have an amazing capacity to project human qualities onto non-human objects.
5) Pet-like robots are more approachable.
6) Non-humanoids have more potential than humanoids.
7) Too human or not too human? That is the question.

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