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Rob Wortham

How to design trustworthy robot butlers that we won’t want to treat like humans

Robotics

How to design trustworthy robot butlers that we won’t want to treat like humans

Does your car “not want” to start on cold mornings? And does your toaster “like” burning your toast? This kind of intentional language is natural to us and built into the way we interact with the world – even with machines. This is because we have evolved to become extremely social animals, understanding others by forming mental models of what they are thinking. We use these skills to understand the behaviour of anything complicated we interact with, especially robots.