Can Humans Care for Robots?

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When it comes to robots there are a lot of things that you might think or feel about them. Could one of those feelings be affection? According to new research conducted by the University of Duisburg-Essen, and published by The Atlantic, our ability to empathise with robots is there. It is a little bit limited however. When humans were showed video of robots being 'tortured' through actions such as strangulation and banging around then felt bad. Just not as bad as they did when they say videos of a human woman being tortured in the same way. 

Seeing positive interactions with robots however did not have the opposite effect. The changes in the humans feelings about the robots were slim, to say the most. Interestingly enough the chance to see a simple cardboard box being tortured produced a slightly higher level of reaction then watching the robot being tortured. So maybe you won't be having a robot friend in the near future after all.

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