Re: You can "dehumanize" robots?
They are machines. You can paint 'em any color you like
The real question is why, given that, robots are made to resemble humans in the first place.
The logic seems to be that we should feel more comfortable with the machines if they look like us - and, according to this research, that would appear to be true, provided they also confirm to our prejudices. I can't help thinking that it's a bad idea to encourage us in the slightest degree to view machines as having any human characteristics and that in the end we'll have a more effective relationship if they more closely resemble tin cans with flashing lights.