Do you fear robots? According to Dutch scientist Kajsa Luithjoen, you’re already a robot.

The diminutive Hedda Nocker, better known as Luithjoen, believes her life is not complete without a good robot. She is short for “heddavunah,” or “robot lover.”

“I want to work with robot makers,” she said. “I don’t want to rob it of its worth. I want to protect it. I would like to work with killer robots.”

It turns out robots are big business. Last year, the number of self-driving cars on the road reached 610,300.

“There are many challenges that I have to overcome and do a lot of research to solve,” Luithjoen said. “I want to know enough about me that I can tell others about it. I want to know from human history which philosophical questions to take on the robot, so they can adapt their own visions of the future for me.”

How it works

Luithjoen got her doctorate at the Technische Universität in Kiel, Germany. She’s a PhD student in biotechnology and artificial intelligence at UN-SWRI/University of Cambridge, USA.

There’s no doubt Luithjoen has an excellent computer mind. Her computer skills would impress thousands of philosophers who deal with polemics. But she thinks the real focus for her talents should be on engineering.

“If I have got a PhD, I’d much rather work with people who work on robotics and computer science in the future. I don’t see why I couldn’t be one of those,” she said.

Are robots always dangerous?

In a 2010 scientific paper, Luithjoen suggested robots could one day be a useful and ethical tool for humanity.

“I would like to learn more about how the robotics industry responds to the environment in which we’re living,” she wrote. “There are numerous questions regarding ethics and the possible risks of future development of humanoid robots in the high-tech world.”

Luithjoen believes robots could be put to good use to extend human life. For example, to handle problem situations in hospitals or the homes of the elderly, they could be able to get around.

“It could become a digital masseuse or even one that could give massages to children who are sick. That would go a long way, in the house or hospital,” she said.

Will she live in a household that is robot friendly?

The granddaddy of things, the real estate showroom, is a robot vision of future living.

“I just love technology and robots,” she said. “It’s not easy to see where all this technology will lead the world. That is why I am interested in it.

“It is too hard to predict. I can imagine, from a place far away, where things like robot knives and dollies will be popular,” she said.

“I would love to have a white sphere of artificial intelligence but I just don’t know. That’s the problem of a young person like me. I need to study all these things before I make a final decision about it.”