comes to robots there are a lot of questions left to be dealt with, and not all
of them are about how many sensors you can fit on a robot hand or how to make a
robot smarter than a human. Some of the big questions will do more with how we
want to interact with then. Do we want to look at robots as our friends and
equals? Do we want them as a servant class?
As it turns
out there is a team of research scientists that are looking to figure out just
that. With the help of a social robot, created by Frances Aldebaran
Robotics, human were put through the paces. In one situation they were asked to
help the robot, and in the other the robot helped them.
Not shockingly the people felt better about the interaction
when they were getting the help, rather than giving it. The robots were
actually shown to have a higher amount of social presence as well. So do we
want robots slaves? Maybe so, or maybe we all just like being done a favor.
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