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Its effect may not be so important as the violence against the human other, but the creation of familiar robots, designed to support easy nonchallenging communication, may not only reduce the possibilities for humans to interact with a wide variety of forms of robot, but also limit the new perceptual skills and abilities that robots might bring to bear in human-robot teams. This is clarified within the explanations of roboticists such as Breazeal, and her doctoral supervisor at MIT, Rodney Brooks, relating to the design of robots that they describe as ‘situated’ (2003, p.
164). Peters draws on this appraisal to critique ‘the dream of communication as the mutual communion of souls’ and the ‘pervasive sense that communication is always breaking down’ (1999, p. 1). 0006 Designing Robots to Communicate with Humans reduplication of the self (or its thoughts) in the other’ then it ‘deserves to crash, for such an understanding is in essence a pogrom’, an organised massacre, ‘against the distinctness of human beings’ (Peters, 1999, p. 21). Peters is not the only communications scholar to question the way in which basing understandings of communication theory on commonality leaves little space for the other.
However, Kismet is nonetheless perceived as needing to produce clearly recognisable humanlike expressions based on what is the most commonly identified set of ‘basic’ emotions: happiness, sadness, anger, fear, disgust and surprise, with the addition of a seventh, resting or neutral expression, for Kismet. This set of expressions is often identified with the work of Paul Ekman, amongst others, whose research supports the existence of a set of basic emotions that can be ‘recognized from facial expressions by all human beings, regardless of their cultural background’ (Russell, 1994, p.