Why do we make ro­bots look like hu­mans?

Focus-Science and Technology - - LIFE IS FOR LEARNING ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE DUBLIN - ROBERTA WILD,

We’ve al­ways been fas­ci­nated by the idea of cre­at­ing au­ton­o­mous ma­chines that re­sem­ble us, and if they need to in­ter­act closely with us, we pre­fer them to look fa­mil­iar. Hu­man-like ro­bots such as Honda’s ASIMO, Bos­ton Dy­nam­ics’ At­las, and the child­like iCub built by the Ital­ian In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy are amaz­ing demon­stra­tions of our tech­nol­ogy, but they still have a long way to go – and when they look nearly hu­man but not quite, they end up look­ing se­ri­ously freaky to us. Per­haps we should just let ro­bots be the shape they need to be, in or­der to best carry out their func­tion.

Hu­manoid ro­bots that aren’t quite hu­man enough can trig­ger feel­ings of re­vul­sion

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