The Art of Building a Robot to Love

If robots can act in lots of ways, how do people want them to act? We certainly don’t want our robots to kill us, but do we like them happy or sad, bubbly or cranky?

“The short answer is no one really know what kind of emotions people want in robots, ” said Maja Mataric, a computer science professor at the University of Southern California. But scientists are trying to figure it out: Dr. Mataric was speaking last week from a conference on human-robot interaction in Salt Lake City.

There are signs that in some cases, at least, a cranky or sad robot might be more effective than a happy or neutral one.

I want a wise cracking, complaining, lurch type of personality for my robot please.