Handy Robots

Apr 2, 2021Philosophy/Ethics, Tech0 comments

If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?…
Milton Berle

Manuel and Sam are talking about  ABB’s Collaborative YuMi Robot 

In this post the dialogue is realised by an interaction of virtual characters, for more information please check the page “Virtual characters

Manuel

So we want a robot that is able to work in a human environment

Today 11:34   

Sam

Yes, it is hard to design a living or working space for both humans and robots 😅😅         

Today 11:35  

Manuel

So if the robots can just use the same stuff humans use, that’s easier 😉

Today 11:36  

Sam

Indeed, it is like you can “retrofit” automation into any workplace                                                         

Today 11:37

Manuel

But when you work side by side with a robot every day … 🧔🏻🤖

Today 11:37  

Sam

… you certainly want to avoid uncanny valley!                           

Today 11:38

Manuel

And there is more?

Today 11:38   

Sam

Imagine having a virtual assistant with a real robot body …    

Today 11:39  

Manuel

That would be nice! 😏

Today 11:39  

Sam

So you talk to them, they talk back, and do things, like hand you something                                              

Today 11:40  

Manuel

I see what you’re getting at …

Today 11:43   

Sam

If the person at the desk falls in the deep end of uncanny valley that is so much worse!

Today 11:45   

Manuel

So for face-to-face interaction, you want a humanoid robot, but it needs to be really really good. 😊

Today 11:45   

Sam

Precisely, and that is really really hard.                                       

Today 11:46

Manuel

So the article was right: the problem really is interaction and empathy

Today 11:46  

Sam

I think I need to go read this blogpost now … 🤔                        

Today 11:46  

Manuel

Good idea, but I really want to hear about the robot you are designing too! 🤗

Today 11:46   

Sam

Absolutely, all in good time. 👍                                                      

Today 11:46   

… Continue to read the conversation between Manuel and Sam 
on Saturday 10th April…

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