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Robotic Myths

  • Myth: Robots shoud never make mistakes, they should be “perfect and flawless” (ISTAG)
  • Annoyances
    • sociopathic behavious
    • ignoring different cultural/social values
    • imperfectiosn can be interesting/human
    • do we expect all robots to be superheros?
    • assumptions of perfection often hinder the development of current robots (e.g. maintainence is not considered necessary for a 'perfect' robot)
    • humans are not perfect, why should machines be?
    • perfection is context specific, context sensitive
    • ignores inevitability of entropy. we should work with, rather than against entropy
  • Origins
    • Ideal meachines of the Industrial Age, always working, never needing to sleep, get paid or complain
    • godlike delusions of engineers
    • striving for perfection in design/engineering
  • Maintaining the myth
    • reinforced by consistent desire for improvement, onward & upward!
    • using “perfection” as a placeholder or substitute for articulating desires and/or purpose of machines/autonobots
    • human nature to improve things
    • stories, film. fiction, etc+ pop culture
    • NOTE: 'evil' robots are usually protrayed as 'perfect' in pop.culture, the 'flaws' or failings make the robots seem more human or 'good'
  • Strategies to dispel the myth
    • imperfection by design
    • better illustrate the value of imperfect systems
    • do not let visions escape into the future, maintian enough “now” for the future to stand on
    • designing artefacts that embrace noise, error, ambiguity → normal/useful/etc
    • consider maintainence as part of use (i.e. use cases, experience design)
    • design for decay
    • use imperfections to build character, quirks, personality, etc+ (e.g. reduced acuracy vision system & eye tracking → less annoying characterisation)

see also; category robotics, project lirec, the animist paradox

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