Why We Should Build Humanlike Robots

Humans are brilliant, beautiful, compassionate, and capable of love. Why shouldn't we aspire to make robots humanlike in these ways?

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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?

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.

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