Wednesday August 24, 2016

People Lie To Robots To Avoid Hurting Their Feelings

Researchers from UCL and the University of Bristol found that people will actually lie to a robot to avoid hurting its feelings. If you ask me, that's a smart move. Trust me, once robots have enslaved mankind, that robot will remember you were nice to it.

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Making an assistive robot partner expressive and communicative is likely to make it more satisfying to work with and lead to users trusting it more, even if it makes mistakes, a new UCL-led study suggests. But the research also shows that giving robots human-like traits could have a flip side - users may even lie to the robot in order to avoid hurting its feelings.