Trash-talking robot really bums humans out

CNET | 11/19/2019 | Staff
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This robot might be smiling, but it's not saying very nice things.

Words can sting, even if they don't come from another human.

Researchers - Carnegie - Mellon - University - Pennsylvania

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania took the friendly humanoid Pepper robot and turned it into a Debbie Downer for a study on how humans react to robo-insults.

Forty participants played a video game while the robot tossed out either discouraging comments or encouraging comments. The negative sayings were all PG, like "I have to say you are a terrible player" or "Over the course of the game your playing has become confused."

Researchers - Game - Scores

The researchers discovered that game scores suffered when the...
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