Care-O-bot 4

Developers did not want its appearance to be over-human, as this would “encourage false expectations with regard to its capabilities” for users…
Read the complete article that Manuel and Sam are discussing at:

Care-O-bot 4 Is the Robot Servant

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

Manuel

Hi Sam! I came across an interesting blogpost on robots and empathy …

Today 11:34   

Sam

Hi Manuel! So now you want to chat about robots? 😅😅         

Today 11:35  

Manuel

Yep! 😁

Today 11:36  

Sam

 .. Be my guest!                                                                                 

Today 11:37

Manuel

So this blog was all about Uncanny Valley and how we relate to robots 🤖

Today 11:37  

Sam

Yeah, uncanny valley really is a problem 🤔...   we really want to make robots that people can relate to, but it’s hard!

Today 11:38

Manuel

Seems like it makes more sense not to try …?

Today 11:38   

Sam

How do you mean?  🤔 🤔                                                               

Today 11:39  

Manuel

Well, you’re the expert, but I seem to understand that it is easier to make a friendly, relatable robot that doesn’t look like a human at all

Today 11:39  

Sam

Ah, ok, yes, in a sense, yes …                                                         

Today 11:40  

Manuel

… but …? 😏

Today 11:43   

Sam

For some tasks a human form makes no sense at all, e.g. industrial robots 🤖

Today 11:45   

Manuel

Right 👍

Today 11:45   

Sam

But in most places where humans and robots work together, everything is built for humans

Today 11:46

Manuel

Ooh, that is a problem!

Today 11:46  

Sam

So we need robots that can interact with stuff made for humans.

Today 11:46  

Manuel

Mmh, I see, so body and limbs etc. need to be human shaped

Today 11:46   

Sam

Doorknobs are made for hands , keyboards and switches for fingers ☝️, stairs for legs 🦵, etc.

Today 11:46   

Manuel

So that’s why an artificial human would be a good appraoch

Today 11:47   

Sam

In many cases that’s exactly what you need, but there are lots of reasons why a human shape makes sense!

Today 11:48   

… Continue to read the conversation between Manuel and Sam 
on Saturday 3rd April…

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