THE fear of robots taking over the world has been in the human consciousness since the dawn of the modern era.
As humans begin to rely more and more on robotic technology, many philosophers, artists and scientists have argued that our relationship with technology needs to change; that we should not think of robots as soulless droids invented to serve our every need, but as equals.
One designer may have the answer ... but it’s not pretty.
British designer Kevin Grennan told news.com.au that it won't be the fact they look like humans that will force us to recognise robots as possible equals.
It will be how they smell.
“I’m interested in the future of human-robot empathy”, says Mr Grennan.
“Much current research into robotics is focused on the creation of anthropomorphic robots – machines that look and appear to behave like humans.