Posted: April 12, 2012 by Wildcat in Uncategorized
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Would you let a robot nanny watch your children? Or let a robot tutor teach them? These scenarios sound like something out of science fiction, but they may become a reality in the not-so-distant future. And as robots improve and develop the capability to perform social tasks, new questions are raised about how humans view and interact with them. Psychologists recently did a study on this issue and their findings have been published in the March issue of Developmental Psychology. In the study, children ages nine, twelve, and fifteen played a game of “I Spy” with a remotely-controlled robot named Robovie. Midway into the game, researchers interrupted Robovie’s turn to tell it that the game was over and told the robot to go into a storage closet. The experimenter controlling Robovie then made the robot protest by claiming that it wasn’t fair to end the game early. (via Should Robots Be Treated Like People? Kids Say “Yes” – Sort Of – News Watch)

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