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Why We Should Build Humanlike Robots?

David Hanson (the FACE’s father) posted on IEEE Spectrum an article where he try to replay to a question that every researcher working on Human robotics received at least one time in his career:- Why make robots that look and act like people? Why can’t robots be more like … appliances?

People often ask me why I build humanlike robots. Why make robots that look and act like people? Why can’t robots be more like … appliances?

Zeno the new Hanson’s Child

In fact, some people argue that it’s pointless for robotic researchers to build robots in our image; existing humanoids fall short of what science-fiction authors have dreamed up, so we should just give up. Others even say we’ll never have humanoid androids around us, because when you try to make robots look more human, you end up making them look grotesque.

I disagree. I believe robotic researchers should aspire as grandly and broadly as possible. Robots can be useful in many shapes and forms, and the field is young—with so much room left for innovation and diversification in design. Let a thousand robot flowers bloom.