More informed Research Regarding Social Robotics

The following news video is a far more cognizant approach to social robotics, it recognizes the limitations of social criteria and moves away from misguided attempts to build a Bladerunner style android which appears to be going nowhere, after billions of wasted research capital and almost a hundred years of trying. We clearly want robots to help us in a pragmatic way but it would also help if they are equipped to deal with social, cultural and haptic situations. We also appear to want our individual aesthetic preferences to be taken into consideration, so that its easier to evoke our own personal anthropomorphic tendencies. What’s the use of a service robot that we don’t really like? In this seemingly post-android robotics era we should be able to create our own robotic interface to suit our own individual requirents or needs. Robotics in general needs to wake up to user-centred, interaction design principles when looking for the so called ‘Killer App’. Even the robots below look horrible and completely devoid of any haptic criteria, so despite the overarching research objectives, put some fake fur on them for goodness sake. Good report though, a companion service style robot which can operate within an institution or a domestic setting where animals are not permitted is definitely the way to go. Just imagine if one was bedbound, it could clean our bums with a smile… to boot! Lastly, I think it is important to highlight ethical perspectives regarding robots as replacement carers. Robots cannot replace human contact but they can change the ethos and delivery of care, and for the good of everyone concerned. To take this point further please view my previous entry below or click here

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