For many Europeans, robots are more the stuff of science fiction than science. Researchers in Germany are working to change those out-of-date perceptions.
The Bielefeld Cognitive Interactive Technology Center of Excellence is developing machines capable of learning. But the road to success is based on mutual understanding.
Scientists believe that in order to remove the barrier between humans and machines, the latter have to be made to look like the former.
Robots could lend humans a helping hand in many aspects of everyday life.
People are more accepting of robots with human features, Ritter says.