Why (almost) Everybody hates realistic robots

Einstein-KAIST they are called Philip K Dick, Gemindoid DK or Jules, these Humanoids resemble uncannily human. As soon as they start moving the illusion fades, it is indeed robots.

Their designers have created them so that they look like us so that they fit perfectly in our daily lives. A study shows however that these are robots that people hate the most.

More a robot looks human, more it scares!

Often, to represent the dangers posed by Robotics for humans, journalists reflect the image of crane metal of Terminator whose face, with his eyes red in the orbital background, is particularly threatening. Yet, researchers in psychology at the universities of Trento in Italy and Australia Queensland come to emphasize that their study participants feel more threatening androids as the robots very mechanical in appearance.

Le Philip K Dick d'Hanson Robotics est l'androïde qui suscite le plus de réactions négatives chez les humains.

Le Philip K Dick d’Hanson Robotics est l’androïde qui suscite le plus de réactions négatives chez les humains.

The robot resembles a human being, more than creates discomfort in humans. Worse, the ultra-realistic robots are seen as downright threatening by the participants of the survey. Android, copy more or less compliant human, much more than the humanoid and the “mechanical” robot. The theory of Hiroshi Ishiguro, the creator of the Gemindoid, that social robots, that is to say brought to communicate with humans must have a human to be better accepted appearance is therefore belied by this survey. Even the surveyed Japanese reject these ersatz of humans. One can nevertheless regret the absence of the small Nao of the panel of photos of robots presented to the participants of the study. Who could be afraid of this small humanoid?

Paradoxically, the robots whose design is the farthest human are the best accepted public. A track for designers of robots working on new generation service robots.
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Source: “Blurring Human–Machine Distinctions: Anthropomorphic Appearance in Social Robots as a Threat to Human Distinctiveness”, Research Gate, February 4, 2016

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