This is a question I often ask my students. Typically they say a robot looks like this:
Broadly human, but mostly metal.
Occasionally, I get non anthropocentric answers like this mule:
One is experimental, the other is rarely seen in day-to-day life.
The truth is, we're surrounded by robots. This is what a robot looks like:
The robots are coming for your jobs.
People think robots looks like C-3PO. That's an inefficient design, driven by anthrocentric thinking.
— Terence Eden (@edent) July 3, 2018
Each of these robots has "stolen" a job from a human. Multiple humans, probably.
I'm old enough to remember when a tea lady would push a trolley around an office and sell the workers snacks and hot drinks. Nowadays, there's a machine to pour out a coffee and another one to dispense chocolates.
You see them every day and you treat them as part of the furniture.
Just as a car is not a horseless carriage, robots are not metal men.