Don’t anthropomorphize robots, says a new study

Jan 18, 2019, 7:41 AM EST
(Source: Jiuguang Wang/flickr)
(Source: Jiuguang Wang/flickr)

Social robots are “almost” ambling in our rooms, catering to the customers in restaurants and doing other amazing stuff. Their appearances are shifting more towards resemblance with humans; they are given faces and, in some cases, peculiar personalities.

This tendency to anthropomorphize robots runs in contrast to Dieter Rams’s key principles of good design, according to researchers at the Media Innovation Lab (miLAB) at Israel’s IDC Herzliya, writes Fast Company.

The overtly humanoid forms do lend the robots an inviting appearance but not without disproportionately burdening the design and manufacturing process. The trend must be reversed to give minimalistic aesthetics to robots and ridding them of their humanlike faces. This will also mitigate our false expectations that the machine has intelligence traits of a human, which often results in frustration when such robots turn out to be a blockhead.

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