I recently medically retired from the Army. I was part of the Chemical Corps., and served in a Chemical Company stationed in Germany. As part of the Recon team for the company, we received one of only two robots retrofitted to be used as Remote On-Scene threat evaluators. I was one of perhaps four people taught how to operate the refitted iRobot Packbot. The iRobot guys came out and gave us a class, I got a fancy ballcap, everyone was happy.
We named it the first week.
Was there an emotional attachment to this machine? You bet. Let me clarify as to why. This machine is expensive. As an enlisted guy, if it breaks, and I'm operating, I'm paying for it. So I was very protective of it. Would I go after it sand recover it in the event that something horrible happened? Yes, given the chance, I'd have donned my full Tyvek Moonsuit and gone after it, mostly because it would have been my fault as the operator, but also out of curiosity and a sense of strange camaraderie. Soldiers anthropomorphize things constantly. 80% of the folks I know had names for their weapons. Don't even get me started on sailors. I was Navy before I was Army. If anything, they're worse.
So, I can understand the concern. I just felt maybe this would clarify a bit.