More on robots using anthropomorphic qualities to endear themselves to us, by Russell Davies in Wired:
In fact, for all their potential as workers, nurses or bomb-disposal experts, I suspect robots will really come into their own when they start manipulating human emotions. They can be fast or strong, delicate or relentless, but the really killer app will come when we can strap a big pair of blinking eyes on them and get them making warbling noises. Robots don’t have to look like us for us to love them; they just have to look cute — like Johnny 5, R2D2 or Dewey. Robot scientists’ main skill might turn out not to be hacking batteries and algorithms, it might be hacking our attention.