Put people ahead of profits and make robots that are not products, but raw materials for people to create a new society, says Illah Nourbakhsh, from Carnegie Mellon University. He says we must use robots to dignify and empower people, but warns we may lose our identity if machines start to look more like us.

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Author: Illah Nourbakhsh is a Professor of Robotics The Robotics Institute Carnegie Mellon University.

Image: A humanoid robot named “Yangyang” shows a facial expression during its demonstration. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon.