Even though the idea of getting to decide every little detail in the making of your robot is compelling, there are some things to think about before diving right in. Without falling into philosophical reasoning about what existence is, we dare to argue that these robots are not real. That does not mean that you, as the owner of the robot, won’t have to take full responsibility for your robot’s actions, opinions, and looks.
A perfect example of this is the reactions around Shudu, the world’s first digital supermodel. Shudu is black and her owner is the white man and photographer Cameron-James Wilsom. Critics mean he’s taking advantage of the movement fighting for increasing the non-white people’s representation in the public, without having to actually work with any real, black person. Many argue that a white man neither can or should represent a black woman.
With that said, it’s important being able to foresee and prepare oneself for whatever consequences the choice of looks, actions and opinions could be.