Monday, July 12, 2010

What Should Robots Look Like?

Over at BotJunkie they have a post about a survey that was taken at a home and living exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland.  The survey asks non-robotics people what they think a "robot" that is used in the home should look like.  Some people are surprised to learn that people don't want robots to look like people.  In fact many robot builders are relying on the premise that a robot that looks like a human will be more natural to use and interact.  I have always said that I don't want robots to have humanlike faces because of the myriad of cues that go with verbal communication that we use.

Then I go over to Make and find a video of a NYTimes reporter trying to talking to a "robot" person.


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