Robots offer humans a reprieve from social interaction and act as extensions of ourselves, says Silicon Valley Robotics boss.
via The Guardian:
“People do enjoy the social interaction with the robot, but it turns out what they enjoy most is not having to have a social interaction with another person at a time when they’re not feeling sociable,” said Keay.
As a trade association for robotics firms in California’s biggest tech hub, Keay’s job is to publicly talk up the potential for robots, although she did allude to recent debate about the potential risks of artificial intelligence – albeit with a joke.
“We don’t always recognise the future when we see it. How do we recognise robots? We usually look for humanoids: something with a head, arms, legs. Optional glowing red eyes, super-weapons and evil intent to destroy humanity,” she said.
Keay preferred a more basic description of a robot – “Just a machine that senses things and acts” – suggesting that items from cars to washing machines fall under the category.
“Elon Musk called the Tesla Model X a computer in the form of a car. I call it a robot. It’s a machine that senses things and acts … And it’s not just Tesla. Every new car is a robot,” she said, before turning her attention to washing machines.
“Is it a robot? Well, it’s hard for us to tell if the humanoid parts are hidden inside a box,” she said. “We like to divide the world up into humans and things, but robots change everything.”