Often in my HCI classes I state that the best human computer interface is no interface, that you should automate the task completely if you can. I just came across a pointer to a video from doggdot, a blog aggregator, that is worth posting and you can find it here. It shows a robot correcting a human in a cooperative task. Two points worth noting in the video: (1) the dialog design that results in a rather firm correction to the human and (2) the fact that the human had to adjust the platform so the robot could place the bolt on the wheel - there still is a long way to go before you will work on a daily basis with an obnoxious robot. Gee the aibo is discontinued only to be replaced by obnoxious robots!
I think I have my nth wind and hope to increase the frequency of my posts going forward. Later!