Robots Can Be Pretty Convincing When They Ask You Not to Shut Them Down



“Would you think twice about turning off your TV if it asked you not to? Probably! A study performed by a team of German scientists shows that after people have a conversation with a robot, they began to respect its spoken desires not to be turned off.
Eighty-nine people were asked to communicate with a Nao robot, an adorable companion bot which are used in marketing, classrooms, and even working to help autistic children develop social skills. Nao robots have six omnidirectional microphones and two loudspeakers, combined with two eyes that each have 5-megapixel cameras for facial detection.”

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