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Why Our Service Robots Needn’t Look Like Humans

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Updated March 22, 2012, 8:43 a.m. ET by Ben Rooney. The Wall Street Journal. Tech Europe

“Robots should be smaller, it should be helpful, it should be subordinate, it should be making sure that you are the master and not the robot,”. And above all it must not look too human. Our acceptance of robots increases as robots get more human-like but only up to a point. In a phrase first coined by the Japanese roboticist Masahiro Mori, get too human and they fall into the “Uncanny Valley”, that point on a graph that plots acceptance against how human like a robot is where acceptance falls through the floor. “If it gets too human-like, people are very fearful”.

By far the most engaging robot on display at InnoRobo conference hold this week in Lion, France) looked nothing like a human and an awful lot like a baby seal. Called Paro, it is designed to help patients suffering from dementia.

In a video shown by the inventor, Takanori Shibata of the Intelligent System Research Institute of Japan’s AIST, U.S. President Barack Obama is shown interacting with a couple of robots. The first is a humanoid one and it is clear he doesn’t really know what to do. Then he meets Paro.

While talking to Mr. Shibata, who is holding the pup, Mr. Obama almost subconsciously reaches out to stroke it. When we do that with all our robots, then we will be living in the future.

Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304724404577295802833627644.html

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