“It’s really important for technology to be humanized” - Cynthia Breazeal, Founder & CEO of Jibo
I think what’s important with the Jibo is that it’s a robot that is as human as it should be.
They haven’t created a robot that attempts to look, feel, move, and act like a human. Instead, it appears that the driving ethos behind Jibo is that while technology can improve our lives, it can best do so through human-centred design, to delicately balance the power of technology with true human needs.
At the core of this, I think, lies the question: what is the limitation of technology, not from a capabilities perspective, but from a human perspective?
When designing technology products, we shouldn’t start with what we “could” do technologically, but rather, with what we “should” do to meet a human need. I think the Jibo is a great example of the latter.