The German research initiative “Sonderforschungsbereich 588” was active from 2001-2012 and has developed a humanoid robot, called ARMAR. According to the old pictures, the first version ARMAR I was not very highly developed, while the latest iteration (ARMAR IV) was a near humanoid robot with arms, legs and a software defined cognitive architecture.
How many researchers were involved in the project? Thousands of programmers, researchers and external companies? No, according to the fact sheet the total number of employees was only 30 (thirty).
If it is possible to build and program a humanoid kitchen robot with such a small team, what would be possible with many more researchers?