There are always ultra-conservative pressure groups set against advancement.
AMC offers it online:
Moria considers it "a highly underrated gem of considerable worth" and says, "There are some parts of the film that are just beautifully written science-fiction" and
Indeed The Creation of the Humanoids is a perfect illustration of how science-fiction should work as a literature of ideas, rather than of special effects.
DVDTalk calls it "a progressive and serious sci-fi opus".
10/11/2009: Radiation Cinema has a lengthy review of the plot.