Aw! I was given a very small, basic robot cat a few years ago, and have just had to drop it into electronic recycling, as it hasn’t worked for ages and I couldn’t fix it. It had just sat on a shelf, and was not the world’s most sophisticated robot even when it had worked, but I still felt oddly guilty as I dropped it into the recycling point. (It’s at these points I feel like I am finally turning into my mother, as she couldn’t throw away anything with a face, either.)
Oh, I know! I even have that issue with old soft toys. In fact, mine made the journey to America because I couldn’t bring myself to throw them out and they were too tatty to be given to charity. Kev couldn’t believe it when he opened the box…
Just think how difficult it would be to throw away something mechanical with a human face! And yet you couldn’t even keep it in a box in the shed as you’d know it was there.
And this is why humanistic androids will never catch on. I want my robots looking like machines, not people!
Co-signed, a million times.