There's a group of scientists who want you to forget the big clunky robots in the science fiction movies of old. Instead, say hello to the updated model: A robot designed to help people who need help the most. In a lab deep in the Silicon Valley, robots are being programmed to do household chores like folding laundry, sorting socks and acting a little more human. "I think robotic technology is awesome!" exclaimed Leila Takayama, who works at Willow Garage, a company that designs and tests personal robots, making them less intimidating… Charlie Kemp of Georgia Tech says there are important reasons why a robot is preferable to some disabled people than hiring a helper. "It's the difference between asking someone to do it for you, versus doing it for yourself. People really want to do things for themselves. They want that independence," Kemp said.