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  • People don’t want robots to be too human
  • People don’t want robots to be too human
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People don’t want robots to be too human

Worldwide spending on robotics and related services is predicted to reach $135.4 billion by 2019  but one thing hindering AI's progress is the 'uncanny valley'. This describes the unsettling feeling one experiences when a robot looks or acts too much like a human.



  • People want AI to keep quiet People want AI to keep quiet

    Despite the hype around creating bots that can effectively chat with humans, nothing pleases people more than bots that don’t speak at all. In the complex puzzle of fitting AI into our lives, consumers seem to value tech that can make life easier while blending into the background.

  • Chatbots don’t understand social cues Chatbots don’t understand social cues

    Robots in group chats are making awkward comments, bringing up the question of how to teach a bot the art of discretion. Although developers are working on the issue, the shortcomings of AI in social situations resonate with a wider public scepticism of non-human service.

  • Article image Can we trust robots?

    As our lives become more automated, the consumer robotics industry is only set to grow. But something is holding the market back – people find it difficult to trust these machines, especially in their homes and offices. Why do they make us uneasy, and what will convince people to trust robots?

  • Article image Amazon Echo: talking to your virtual home assistant

    With 60% of Americans using the voice-activated concierge service on their smartphone every day, people are growing accustomed to the idea of interacting with a virtual assistant. Tapping into the trend, Amazon has launched a smart speaker that acts like a home assistant.