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Can humans learn to trust robots ?


Posted on Wednesday, 6 March, 2013 | Comment icon 34 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


Image credit: University of Zurich

 
A new robot called 'Roboy' is helping to highlight the psychological challenges in robot design.

While the creation of a humanoid robot is mostly seen as a technological challenge, developing a design that humans will feel comfortable having around and interacting with is as much of a consideration as its mechanical capabilities. Research has shown that people don't always appreciate the way that humanoid robots look so for Roboy roboticists used a minimalistic, friendly face to make it seem less of a threat.

"There are quite a number of studies that suggest that as long as people can clearly see that the robot is a machine, even if they project their feelings into it, then they feel comfortable," said Rolf Pfeifer of the University of Zurich.

"A new robot unveiled this week highlights the psychological and technical challenges of designing a humanoid that people actually want to have around."

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Comment icon #25 Posted by highdesert50 on 7 March, 2013, 3:38
Drive a car? Well, it was manufactured in part by robots. Robots are already integral to everything to our lifestyles. Regardless of the package, it's still only as good as its human programmers. And, therein lies the true dilemma, dont' you think?
Comment icon #26 Posted by David-C on 7 March, 2013, 3:53
Sure...trust the robots. When you do first you'll get this... NEVER TRUST THE DAMN ROBOTS!!!
Comment icon #27 Posted by Jinxdom on 7 March, 2013, 6:06
Right after we learn to trust humans.......... and politicians.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Frank Merton on 7 March, 2013, 6:39
Its funny: I used to eagerly adopt whatever was newest and coolest. Now I dread having to learn new systems. I think the first time this happened to me was after I had spent so much time learning DOS and batch files and Basic programming, and then suddenly graphical systems took over and the command line got de-emphasized. Now of course I almost never use the command line because there are generally better ways to do things. I think maybe we expend the energy and time to learn something only to see it go obsolete, and hence become reluctant to go through the same thing again. Someone bring bac... [More]
Comment icon #29 Posted by Lilly on 7 March, 2013, 11:57
Haven't we learned anything since "X Files"? Trust no one.
Comment icon #30 Posted by DigitalDreamer on 7 March, 2013, 21:01
*patiently waits for all of the "zomg robot apocalypse" posts to appear*
Comment icon #31 Posted by Andromedan Starseed 333 on 7 March, 2013, 21:28
yeah I don't see why not.its the creators that I don't trust.for the following reasons:.1)what are the purposes?,2)did the Creator's insert some type of tracking device or chip that allows them to hear or spy on us without even knowing???,3)does it report back to them???4)do the Creator's have morals,ethics and a heart meaning they know what's right and wrong?I don't trust easily like I always trust is earned not given!!!and knowing the government I just don't anything that comes from them ever or especially technology.I bring up Tue government cause the... [More]
Comment icon #32 Posted by Render on 8 March, 2013, 12:27
Everyone here has probobably already come in contact with robotics, probably on a daily basis even. You drive cars that are being put together and painted by robots. Those trendy flying robocopters. Even an espresso machine is basically a robot, but no one sees it as such. So to say that people don't already trust robots isn't a very thought-through remark. It's always hip to be against progress in the beginning, until it's not and then everyone joins it like there was never an issue.
Comment icon #33 Posted by Tesla II on 8 March, 2013, 12:34
The less robots there will be in right places the more jobs people will have... They are very usefull in space and deep sea where man cant go yet. But using them in specific industrial fields is just bad, people are loosing jobs faster now than any time before... just because robots. They might be usefull and cheap for the employers but they are hurting peoples lives in job sense... They can be usefull for defensive intensions too, but to certain point. They are already making the with bigger " AI " which is bad... Sci fi like terminator or caprica is showing pretty good picture what... [More]
Comment icon #34 Posted by Kludge808 on 9 March, 2013, 5:06
You mean like me? I can't wait for the Cherry 2000 to become available.


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