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Doing these cute demos is a double-edged sword. A fun and charming demo attracts attention by non-experts who can't see the wood for the trees.

In my field we make robots do a thing, say folding laundry, as an example of dextrous manipulation[1], and the popular conversation is about whether your laundry robot makes commercial sense and not about your novel grasping strategy and nifty motion planner that makes this sorta-possible for the first time. But everyone sees your video. Pros and cons.

[1] laundry folding at Berkeley (not me) https://youtu.be/gy5g33S0Gzo






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