Robots come in all shapes and sizes. For instance, the healthcare robot is a small, plastic doll that laughs and talks to the elderly: everything to be good company. There are technology companies that take this some steps further and market artificially-intelligent robots that can barely be distinguished from humans. Is such a human-passing robot an improvement for the interaction between human and robot? No, say researchers from Utrecht University in the online magazine Frontiers in Psychology. Their research is the first survey into robots that were developed for interaction with humans.
Experimental psychologist Marnix Naber shows in his research, that he carried out with collaboration from students Anne Reuten and Maureen van Dam, that ‘almost’ human is not enough for the acceptance of artificial intelligence in our daily lives.