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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