6-minute video addresses preconceptions and fears and shows Honda’s efforts to make their Asimo robot appealing rather than creepy.
Psychological phenomena: if a robot behaves and moves in ways that enhance trust and engagement, you think it’s alive. Premise detailed in Erik Sofke’s Popular Mechanics article “Can Robots be Trusted?“
In same article, Sofke also discusses “uncanny valley” theory in relation to social robotics.
Developers of social robots need ethical guidelines now say robotic ethicists Noel Sharkey and Ronald Arkin.
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