March 30, 2005
Review of 'Designing Sociable Robots'
TBR writes "Fictional robots are useful constructions for projecting our fears, hopes, utopias and darkest dystopias. Fictional robots, whether they be Robbie the Robot from Forbidden Planet or the cyborgs from the Terminator films, share two things in common. The first and most obvious is that they are smart and can interact with humans in a manner which engages our emotions as well as our intellects. The second is that they bear no resemblance to any robots currently roaming a factory floor, research lab or toy store."