Humanoid and android robots
- Alan Winfield
We are fascinated with robots that look like us. There are good reasons why robots that need to work with people should look like them: so they can share human tools and workspaces and communicate naturally with humans. A small subset of humanoid robots that attempt more closely to resemble human form are known as android robots. They have artificial skin, hair, makeup, and clothes. ‘Humanoid and android robots’ looks at these two types of robots and the problems associated with trying to replicate the human form. The majority of humanoid robots are toys, are found in education, or are used as technology demonstrators. How can we replicate feelings in robots? Do we need to consider robot ethics?