I have found, however, when one does not yet have an abundance of expierence, that having a formal education makes a significant difference to just getting by the initial filtering process.that many companies use.
*YOU* might... most people would not.
The point would be to make something that can utilize existing infrastructure, so there will be immediate practical application. Over time the infrastructure could change to accommodate radically different styles of robots, but that would mean waiting far longer for prices to come down because the slowness of any wide scale adoption (due to the slowness at which infrastructure changes) would cause prices to stay much the same as they started.
The dam that keeps wateer out of low=lying areas is a dike
Only in North America.
Everywhere else that english is spoken, the word is spelled with a 'y'
but if nature can build a human or cat or whatever really cheap...
Who says it was cheap?
Look at how many hundreds of millions of years it took.
Now equate that time to capital investment....
Still think nature did it cheaply?
My hope is that gets in an accident and loses a leg.
That may be a little extreme, dontcha think?
The reason why robots patterned physically similarly to humans are a good idea is that such robots could easily be repurposed for many different types of tasks with nothing more than a change or upgrading of software, and using the same tools or working in the same environment as humans do (or did, but before times have necessarily changed enough to adapt around using robots instead of people) means that when such robots can finally be made, they can be immediately be utilized in existing infrastructure.
She had wheels, so using her (egad, I'm anthropomorphizing!) as an example may not have been ideal.
But that said, having a robot that can utilize the same tools and work in the same environments that we do can be extremely practical, and in my opinion still well worth the effort, because that means that the same robot could potentially be repurposed for many different tasks merely by upgrading or installing different software on it... The applications for such robots extend far beyond those of mere household maintenance... the only reason that keeps coming up, is because that's just the most obvious common consumer application, and it's entirely understandable why it's desirable.
Not everyone lives in a one-floor apartment, after all.